Worker’s Compensation Surveillance – Detecting Fraud
Our owner Jack Stone started in the industry performing worker’s compensation surveillance and taking statements. Today, the level of difficulty when performing surveillance has changed. We can’t simply park across the street and follow someone to work anymore. These days, people are hyper-aware of their surroundings, and have a baseline knowledge of surveillance from their attorneys and the doctors their attorneys send them to. It doesn’t help that the claimant can easily research investigations through YouTube videos, books on counter surveillance, and all the information provided on the deep, dark web.
Today’s approach to worker’s compensation surveillance should be performed with caution and care. If time permits, we do as much background research on the subject as possible, and hopefully find out if they are working or on vacation. This info will give us a good idea as to how to start the surveillance.
Gathering Videotape Evidence
On this day, we gathered videotape evidence of him standing for long periods of time, bending, stooping, and picking his wife up while hugging her! What a day!
In the afternoon, we also observed a parking pass in the center console of his car. This parking pass belonged to a strip mall that had a 24-hour gym. The gym website had images of the subject and his wife working out at 4am! The following surveillance periods we were able to get videotape evidence of the subject working out! Case closed…. (For now)
Imagine what would have happened on this case if you sent in lesser experienced surveillance team? They would have parked within the small cul-de-sac and waited for his departure. They wouldn’t have made it as far as the freeway without blowing it!
Our team of investigators has seen it all. We’ve followed people to work just after they told the doctors that they can not work. We’ve located a homeless person in Santa Monica who was in a wheelchair. We got video of him jumping out of his wheelchair and later selling it! We’ve followed people into gyms and got them working out. We’ve had high stakes cases where we were able to get them playing golf for five hours. We’ve followed people into junk yards and work on cars. We have also filmed a claimant push a midsize car down the street 100 yards out of traffic!
You never know what you’re going to get. What is your subject up to? Working? Staying in or going out at night?
Hire an experienced team of worker’s compensation surveillance investigators today. Call Paramount Investigative services to get your case started.
Personal Injury Surveillance – A World of its Own
Today’s personal injury claims start in the millions of dollars to the TENS of millions of dollars. These aren’t the claims from years ago that were a few hundred thousand and rose up to the million. The stakes are much higher than ever, and only seem to continue to rise!
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics: “Some of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits involve legal issues stemming from automobile accident, physician or surgeon medical malpractice, faulty products (e.g., asbestos, tobacco), and slip and fall cases.”
Today these cases need to be fought with hard work, determination, and a healthy budget. Once a budget has been established, the attorney needs to hire the investigative team. The attorneys MUST hire the investigative team and for obvious reasons: litigation support privilege and work product privilege rules.
Without these protections, the other side (who commonly subpoenas all investigative records, videos, and reports) will gain access to your investigation results and will be able to defend against them. It is imperative that one has a legal team direct one’s investigation instead of having the client give directions.