If you were injured in a slip and fall or another type of premises liability accident, you could be entitled to compensation from the negligent property or business owner. However, it will not be easy to convince their insurance company to pay you the damages you are entitled to under Virginia law.
They may employ many tactics to try to deny your claim or pay you less than you deserve in your settlement. One practice you should expect them to use is to spy on you in an effort to find information that weakens your claim.
Surveillance Tactics Used by Insurance Companies in Premises Liability Cases
It is important to understand the ways that the insurance company could spy on you while your premises liability claim is pending. If you know what to expect, you can defend against these tactics and avoid doing something that hurts your case.
Why is the insurance company spying on you? They are checking to see if they can catch you doing activities that you should not be able to do, given the seriousness of your injuries and incriminating statements you made. Here are common surveillance tactics to watch out for:
- Video surveillance. The insurance company could hire a private investigator to watch and follow you. They may use a video camera to record your activities outside your home or other places and follow you as you perform your day-to-day activities. More than one private investigator could follow you in different vehicles to prevent you from realizing that you are being watched.
- Interviews. The insurance adjuster or private investigator could interview your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family to try to obtain information to prove that your injuries are not as serious as you claim or to establish that you were partially or completely at fault in causing your accident.
- Social media sites. Another common way that the insurance company can spy on you is through searching your social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They may review your posts multiple times while your claim is being resolved and may also search posts you are tagged in by friends and family members.
Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer for the Help You Need
If you suffered injuries in a premises liability accident, you need the assistance of an experienced premises liability lawyer to protect your rights and negotiate your settlement. At Tavss Fletcher, we have decades of experience helping victims of slip and fall and other premises liability accidents and understand the tactics the insurance adjuster may employ—such as spying on you—to deny or reduce the value of your claim. To learn more about our track record of success in these cases and how we can assist you, fill out our convenient online form to schedule a free initial consultation today.