Workers comp surveillance represents ten percent of our corporate business in our five offices in California. Fraudulent workers compensation claims, like other forms of employee theft, hurt a company’s bottom line. When a company expresses concerns about workers comp fraud, a properly managed surveillance can prove or disprove suspicions.
The key to quality workers comp surveillance is preparing the gathered documentation for use as court-admissible evidence. Whether the case goes to trial or not, having court-admissible evidence makes all the difference in uncovering and stopping workers comp fraud. Private investigators who operate in this high level of professionalism have served with distinction as agents for the DEA, FBI, IRS and Secret Service.
Lawful surveillance only pertains to collecting information in areas where there is no expectation of privacy (public places). Legal photographic and video surveillance along with interviews and statements have a fundamental role in obtaining irrefutable and tangible proof of workers compensation fraud, insurance fraud or any other employee wrongdoing.
In all cases of surveillance, each photo, video, interview and statement collected should be diligently prepared for use as evidence for judges and juries to review. This is applicable even when the surveillance work is not used in a trial. If the information cannot qualify as evidence in a court of law, it does not meet the standards of accuracy and professionalism expected in any legal context.
I would be pleased to answer any questions you might have on workers comp surveillance.