When you think of a private investigator, your first thought may be other crimes and personal matters such as a spouse’s double life. However, private investigators are known for being hired by insurance agencies following an auto accident. Is this legal?
Insurance companies can use various methods to delay or deny claims against them, private investigators included. It is more common among complicated cases of personal injury.
While it is expensive for companies to do so, hiring a private investigator to find out information to use against you is not illegal. They work within their rights to uncover what they feel is important information to discredit your claim.
If you are concerned an insurance company may be using a private investigator during your claim, contact a Florida personal injury trial lawyer for legal assistance. Hevia Law can help you with the appropriate legal guidance during your case.
However, there are still limits as to what private investigators can do. This includes:
- Trespassing on private property
- Taking photos in the windows of your residence
- Wiretapping phone conversations
- Installing tracking devices on vehicles
- Impersonating a police officer
- Unauthorized access to social media, email, or other electronic data
- Verbal or physical threats
Private investigators are not law enforcement and should never act as such. In addition, if you feel that a private investigator is taking part in harassment against you, you may be able to take legal action. Make sure to bring this up with your lawyer, who can contact the local authorities (or the insurance company) for you.