Can Insurance Companies Obtain Injury Evidence Without My Permission?
At the Nava Law Group, P.C., our Houston car accident lawyers understand the confusion that occurs after you are hurt in a crash. The physical and emotional trauma can require extended time and care to heal fully, and when the negligent party’s insurance company begins calling right away, their only goal is to get you to take some — if not all responsibility for the crash.
Insurance companies are only interested in denying your claim, so they can continue to bolster their bottom line. And when injury victims are in a vulnerable position, their manipulative tactics are often successful.
Here are several ways insurance companies can obtain evidence about your injuries, including the information they are entitled to, and the extra lengths they will go to secure potentially damaging details.
What Information is the Insurance Company Entitled to After a Crash?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer in Houston will provide the protection you need to disclose only the required information the insurance company is entitled to during the discovery phase of the claim.
The insurance company may request:
- Medical records
- Physician instructions
- Therapy and rehabilitation records
- Medical bills
- Missed appointments
- Work records
- Wage statements
- Tax records
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Injury photos
- Witness statements
- A crash report from law enforcement officials
If you have any concerns about the crash details, or your recovery options having a negative impact on your claim, contact our experienced Houston personal injury attorneys today to eliminate the threat of the insurance company denying the financial recovery you are entitled to.
While we build your case with the same evidence the insurance company is evaluating, there are several ways you can safeguard your potential financial recovery going forward.
Avoid Social Media Completely During Your Recovery
Your right to privacy, even the reasonable expectation of privacy, ends the moment you post any private matter online.
Your social media accounts are discoverable evidence that may be used to discredit you while we are preparing your injury claim.
Do not discuss or post images of your accident or injuries on any social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you have already posted information about your crash or your recovery, leave them where they are, so you cannot be accused of evidence tampering later.
If you have concerns regarding any of your social media postings be sure to discuss them with our attorneys early in your case. Otherwise, avoid posting information on your pages, or allowing others to “tag” you in their posts altogether.
Private Investigators are Legal Resources in Texas
Resourceful insurance companies often employ private investigators to collect evidence from personal injury victims’ simply by observing their movements.
This is especially true when our clients have sustained substantial or catastrophic injuries in an accident. The more the insurance company stands to lose from your injury claim, the more they will fight to disprove the legitimacy of that claim.
A private investigator may legally photograph, film, or obtain audio of you in a public place.
The goal is to catch you the injured person participating in any activity that your injuries should keep you from doing. Any evidence that proves you physically capable of activity that your claim stated you could not do may compromise settlement negotiations between our personal injury attorneys and the insurance company.
Unfortunately, even if you are not participating in any activities, images, videos, and statements can be taken out of context and damage your claim.
If you believe you are being followed by a private investigator, let us know right away. We will request copies of all evidence obtained by the investigator for our records and advise you of the best way to deal with their surveillance.
Do Not Face the Insurance Company Alone: Contact the Nava Law Group, P.C. today
If you have been hurt in an accident, contact our experienced Houston personal injury attorneys at the Nava Law Group, P.C. today at (713) 218-2400 to schedule a free consultation. We will listen to each detail of your accident and the injuries it caused to create the solutions you need to produce results while protecting you from the insurance company before they have time to manipulate the facts. Call us now to learn more, so you can focus on healing while we pursue the financial recovery you deserve.