Have you suffered from a disability that has left you unable to return to work?
Make sure that you keep your lawyer in the loop about the extent of your injury, because many insurance companies will conduct surveillance to ensure that you are being truthful in your claim.
In 2002, I represented a client who was the subject of an investigation by the insurance company that he filed a disability claim with. The insurance company's investigation encompassed a Nationwide Databank Search (to screen the name, date of birth, and social security number of my client), an Internet Search (to determine if the claimant has conducted any online activity), Multiple Neighborhood Canvasses (to find neighbors familiar with the subject's activities, if the subject is working or not, etc.), a College Canvass (to determine if the claimant has been involved in any academic institutions, which may contradict his alleged claims), a Hospital Canvass (to determine if the subject has ever been involved in any situation that resulted in a medical visit), and a Worker's Compensation Search (to determine if the claimant has made any claims since his date of loss).
It seems dramatically excessive, but these are the lengths that an insurance company will go to in order to try and prove that the claimant is not disabled, and that he is not entitled to compensation.
Since we only represent honest individuals at Ben Glass Law, the insurance company was unable to uncover anything to use against our client. We have seen surveillance reports like the one discussed above over and over again.
If you have a "skeleton" in your closet - tell us about it - let us deal with it. Don't let the insurance company be the first to know!
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