One of the hardest aspects of being a victim is that the tortfeaser (i.e., the party that caused your injuries) views you as a threat. Insurance companies regularly employ investigators to follow and spy upon you. It is not fair, but it is reality. During the process they videotape your every move. The investigator (e.g., the shadow) may not always be following you. If at all, they will likely follow you for no more than a day or two at a time. The more serious your injuries, the more likely an investigator will be hired.
The investigator may also talk to your neighbors, co-workers, supervisors and anyone else that they can pump for information about you. Not infrequently, a rumor about you may be started in the process – sometimes by the investigator himself or herself. Once a rumor takes hold it can sometimes overhang your lawsuit until your attorneys final squash it by revealing through evidence (or lack thereof) that is simply an untruth.
An attorney can help you through this process and assist in protecting your rights and privacy. If you suffer meaningful injuries in an accident, you should immediately consult a lawyer to learn how best to protect yourself. The Beattie Law Firm offers initial consultations free of charge.
Brett J. Beattie