Can Private Investigators Follow Injured Workers?
Workers’ compensation claimants in Georgia live with a 50% likelihood of surveillance from private investigators. Today, the right to privacy is no longer reality after filing a workers’ compensation claim. Insurance companies frequently employ private investigators to video tap
e people on surveillance. Low value claims receive equal surveillance focus from insurance adjusters. Personally, I think this wastes resources, but most insurance companies use it to send a message to other claimants.
Private Investigators Driving New Decisions
Unfortunately, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation issued a new decision regarding timing of discovery. For years, they disputed surveillance video and guidelines for use. A recent Board decision allows surveillance video to remain secret until after the injured workers’ deposition. Clearly, this results in more defense attorneys employing “gotcha” moments during depositions. Testifying truthfully under oath becomes even more important now. However, frequent surveillance videos with edited material exposing the claimant becomes the common activity. Insurance adjusters seek out videos showing claimants in compromising situations. So, if you filed a workers’ compensation claim recently, private investigators and surveillance concerns are valid. So, my advice, always tell the truth at your deposition and consult a workers’ compensation attorney.
Beth Gearhart provides expert legal advice to workers’ compensation claimants. She can help answer questions related to private investigators and surveillance, or any other type of workers’ compensation question. The key is to consult with Beth early so she can guide you in the right direction. Beth doesn’t charge any fees for her time to answer questions, so contact her today with your questions. Beth is only paid if you win your case, so there is no risk or cost to you for using her legal counsel. Contact Beth Gearhart today to speak directly to Georgia’s best workers’ compensation lawyer who listens and cares about her clients.