If a negligent driver caused your car accident, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries from them. Unfortunately, their insurance company may do everything they can to deny your claim or try to pay you less in your settlement—even when they know they are responsible for compensating you. One tactic you need to be aware of and protect against is insurance company surveillance.
What to Do to Protect Yourself If the Insurance Company Spies on You
You should expect the insurance company to engage in surveillance tactics to dig up information on you that they can use to deny or reduce your claim. They could spy on you in many ways, such as hiring a private investigator to watch you and what you are doing during your day, searching your social media posts, and interviewing co-workers, friends, and family.
However, you can fight back so that they do not obtain damaging information that hurts your claim and forces you to accept less money in your settlement. Here are ways you can protect yourself:
- Follow your doctor’s advice. The best way to defend against insurance company tactics and build a winning case is to follow your doctor’s advice on the treatments you need and the activities you can safely do while recovering. Doing this prevents the insurance company from catching you doing something you shouldn’t be able to do given your injuries.
- Limit social media posts. One way the insurance adjuster may spy on you is to search your social media posts for statements you make that could be interpreted as an admission of fault or activities you are engaged in that you should not be doing. They may do this multiple times while your claim is being resolved. Avoid making any statements about your injuries or your auto crash and posting about activities you are engaged in on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
- Watch out for friend requests. You should only accept friend requests on social media from people you know. The insurance adjuster could try to friend you to obtain information about you.
- Turn up privacy settings. Another way to protect yourself on social media sites is to turn up your privacy settings to limit who can see your posts.
- Ask friends and family not to post about you. The insurance company could also search your friends’ and families’ social media sites for damaging information about you. Ask them not to post about you or tag you in any photos or posts to protect you from this type of surveillance.
- Consult with an attorney. You should retain an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your auto crash. They can advise you on other steps you can take to defend yourself against insurance company spying and negotiate your settlement so that you receive all the compensation you deserve.
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