We can all be glad that the world depicted in the novel 1984 does not resemble our present-day world. No Big Brother is watching what we do. Still, insurance companies do have the ability to spy on the men and women that have filed a personal injury claim against one of the company’s policy holders.
Where should you expect any spies to be located?
Do not think that the insurance company might watch you through the window of your private residence. That would be illegal. Yet a surveillance team does have a right to work in a public location. That means that you could be watched anytime that you venture out of your home or workplace. However, it helps to consult with a personal injury lawyer in Calgary to know what to do.
When does the surveillance team following a given client tend to be busiest?
There are 3 times when such a team works the hardest, in hopes of gathering some useful information. That is at the beginning of a case, when the questioning phase is about to begin, and during preparations for a trial, or during negotiations.
What is the purpose of the spying? What can the insurance company gain from footage taken by “spies”?
An insurance company tries to obtain proof of a claimant’s ability to perform an action that he or she had said caused pain and discomfort. The company’s legal team knows that people hesitate to carry-out an action that will cause them to experience pain or discomfort.
What action should you take, if you see someone spying on you?
Let your lawyer know that someone was watching you. Once equipped with that piece of knowledge, your lawyer can speak with the defendant’s attorney. Your lawyer can ask to examine any video footage or any photographs taken by the surveillance team. Your lawyer’s perspective is bound to change, after viewing that surveillance tape.
That footage should suggest what aspect of your life was the target of the insurance company’s surveillance. During what part of your day did the insurer think that you might carry-out an act that you had told a doctor you could not do? That clue could suggest what tactic the defense team might use in the courtroom, in an attempt to “trap” you in some fashion.
A good attorney does not allow his or her client to be “trapped” by the lawyer for the other party. For that reason, you should listen to any tips that you receive, if you have mentioned that someone is watching you. Listen to those tips and obey them.
The defense team cannot know what sort of preparations you might have made for a suspected question. Hence, you can surprise them by being very well-prepared. Strive to deliver that powerful level of surprise.