Big Brother Is Watching: When Insurance Companies Use Surveillance

Orange Park Personal Injury LawyerNo matter how honest you and your Orange Park personal injury lawyer are, no matter how much you tell the whole truth and send everything to the insurance company right away, there is always a chance they will find something suspicious about your case. If they do, your Orange Park personal injury lawyer will work to ease their concerns. But sometimes an insurer decides that’s not enough and targets a claimant for a “sub rosa investigation,” or surveillance. There are some red flags that pop up from time to time that tend to make insurers look twice at your file and want to investigate you further. These are not all of them, and your Orange Park personal injury attorney will try to help you avoid appearing to fall into any of these traps, but be aware of them just in case. • Weather coming on: A claimant who alleges that neck and back problems are flaring up again just before cold weather hits, or before a workforce layoff happens, sometimes gets examined. The timing looks a little convenient to them even if your Orange Park personal injury lawyer can provide documentation of your injuries. • Frequent injuries: If you have a long history of the same type of recurring injury, adjusters will wonder if they are genuine or if something else is behind the pattern. Your Orange Park personal injury attorney should be able to explain why the history is nothing unusual. • Working together: Some doctors and lawyers are suspected by claimants to work together to send patients to one another and game the system to get their clients larger settlements. Your Orange Park personal injury lawyer should be able to defuse any such concerns. • The workout test: Some claimants don’t pay attention to appearances. If a claimant alleges he is disabled but is seen running around in a workout suit, adjusters might notice and wonder how disabled he really is and whether his Orange Park personal injury attorney is hiding something. • Storied history: You might be surprised to find out there is a large centralized database of all bodily injury claims in the country, which all insurers have access to. It may store records such as your Orange Park personal injury lawyer, your doctor and the type of injury you have. If your file shows a lengthy history of prior claims for lots of accidents, you may just be really unlucky, but the insurance company might not think so. If you have more questions about how to deal with your personal injury claim, call a dedicated Orange Park personal injury lawyer from First Coast Accident Lawyers. Call 904-278-1000.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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