As an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer for 30 plus years, I am very much aware that insurance companies are stepping up investigative and surveillance activities. As I have already written, they are thoroughly combing social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Zoom or YouTube. Many defense law firms have been told by insurance companies to set up special investigation units in an attempt to throw roadblocks in the way of people seeking to recover insurance claims.
Private investigators and company investigators are being utilized to conduct video surveillance and field interviews of neighbors. Believe it or not in a recent case, we were aware of a client who claimed he could not have sexual relations with his wife and yet the insurance company followed him to a motel where he was seen entering and exiting a hotel room with a woman other than his wife. Obviously this put an extreme damper on settlement negotiations of this case. To make matters worse, the insurance adjuster threatened that the client’s wife would learn of this situation and videos due to the fact that there was a joint claim for loss of consortium and companionship, including but not limited to lack of sexual relations. The bottom line is if you wish to protect your benefits and be successful in the prosecution of your claim, always remember the Louis Pasteur quote, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident or premises liability lawsuit or other serious accident, please feel free to contact one of the experienced catastrophic personal injury lawyers at Reiff & Bily for a free, no obligation consultation.