Posted on: January 25, 2013
Insurance companies do not always deploy investigators to monitor the activities of South Carolina auto accident claimants, but it is a common occurrence.
While you shouldn’t be overly concerned about it if you’re being honest about your injuries and how they are impacting your life; remember that investigators are working for the insurance companies. This means the snapshot they take of your life might not be the most accurate picture of what’s really happening.
Just because you play miniature golf with your nephew on his birthday doesn’t mean you can stand the whole time or walk smoothly from hole to hole, but you can bet an investigator will snap the picture of you celebrating a successful put.
So, what can you do to mitigate the impact of investigators hired by the insurance company to shoot down your claim for damages you need in order to cover medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain and suffering after a South Carolina car accident?
- Be honest
As long as you are honest about your injuries and how they’re impacting your life, the insurance company can present evidence and a jury will be able to accurately see your side of the story.
- Let yourself heal
You don’t need to hide indoors, but if the doctor says you need to stay off your feet and you have been missing work, stay away from the bars and other ruckus venues until the doctor clears you. It’s what’s best for your health and for your claim.
- Stay off social media
This is hard for a lot of South Carolina car accident victims. Facebook is part of our daily lives. However, what you put on your Facebook page, try as you might to protect it, can easily end up in court. No matter how much pain you’re in or how hard things are for you, someone is bound to post a picture of you enjoying yourself. Investigators can use that evidence to suggest your pain and suffering isn’t as great as you claim.
While it’s truly unfair and most people know that they can smile even in the darkest times, Facebook has been the unraveling of many car accident claims.
- Get the right lawyer
Your lawyer should warn you about the dangers – when to look out for insurance investigators and how to modify your online behavior to avoid unfair accusations from investigators.
A good auto accident attorney can also negotiate with insurance companies to stop surveillance activity and let you live your life freely before your case is settled or goes to trial.
Contact the experienced South Carolina car accident lawyers at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation that will help you understand your rights and options. We have several offices across the entire state of South Carolina, including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Orangeburg, Walterboro, and Moncks Corner.