Michigan City Indiana lawyer explains video surveillance tactics in personal injury cases.
Odds are that if you are making a personal injury claim – the insurance company will hire a private investigator to follow you around and take video surveillance. The goal of surveillance is to try to catch you in an activity that you say you cannot do or catch you doing a behavior that is detrimental to your health.
In the personal injury claims stage, the insurance company doesn't have to tell you that they have you on video. If you have to file a lawsuit, the insurance company lawyer is not required to give you a copy of the video before your deposition. This way they can get your sworn testimony about your ability to do certain activities before they turn over the video.
Insurance companies use surveillance to their benefit in a number of ways. The first way is to get you to say under oath or in writing that you can't do certain activities and then they have you on video doing the activity that you say you cannot do.
For instance, maybe you testified that you can no longer do roofing, and they have you on video helping a neighbor with their roof. The second way is the investigator just follows you around and records you doing things that a jury might have some bias against – even though you don't think its bad. For instance they may have you walking around with a cigarette or a big cigar hanging out of your mouth. Even though the cigar has nothing to do with the accident – they know that some jurors may see you in a bad light.
I share this information with you so that you understand that if you're making a personal injury claim – it's like living in a fish bowl. If you have any questions about an Indiana personal injury call Guy DiMartino Law at (219) 690.8997.