Is It Legal For Insurance Companies To Hire A Private Investigator?
Unfortunately, it is legal for insurance companies to hire a private investigator. However, you do have a right to privacy. So if the private investigator does any of the following, they are in violation of the law:
● Hacks your social media accounts or email
● Records you in your home
● Taps your phone line
● Opens your mail
● Enters your property with your consent
These are all illegal activities and a reputable private investigator would never do these things. If you do find someone is doing this, contact the police. Furthermore, regardless if they broke the law or not, if you believe you are being followed by a private investigator, speak to an attorney. An attorney will ensure that your privacy rights are fully protected.
How Do I Know If I’m Being Watched By A Private Investigator?
Private investigators are good at going unnoticed. However, there are some signs you can watch for if you think you are being investigated including:
● If you notice a suspicious vehicle parked near your house that appeared after your accident
● You see the same person over and over again in different places
● You feel like your vehicle is being followed
● You’ve noticed things around your property are a little off
● You’ve noticed strange sounds or activities on your phone or your phone rings and when you answer there is no one on the other line
● Your social media views have increased since your accident
These are all signs that you are being followed by a private investigator. If you notice any of these signs, speak to your attorney immediately so they can protect you.
How To Protect Yourself
If you are being followed by a private investigator after an accident, you need to speak with an attorney immediately. This is a sign that the insurance companies are trying to build a case to get out of paying you. They will take small things like a social media post or the fact you met a friend for coffee and take it way out of context. They will claim that you are not injured and even that your accident claim is fraudulent. There are some things you can do to protect yourself. First, make sure to be aware that any action you take could be used against you. Increase your privacy settings online, be careful who you talk to about your accident, and speak with an attorney immediately to protect your rights.
The St. Pete’s Lawyer, Michael Babboni, has been fighting for the rights of auto accident victims in Southwest Florida for three decades. He knows all the dirty tricks that insurance companies pull to get out of paying a fair settlement. The insurance companies know him as well. They know him as a tough attorney who will not let them infringe his client’s rights. If you think you are being followed, call us immediately at 1-727-381-9200. We’ll review your case for free and answer any questions about how we can help protect your rights to both privacy and a fair settlement for your accident injuries.