How Do I Know If My Disability Company Is Conducting Video Surveillance of Me?
Author: Attorney Gregory Dell
I always tell my clients that they should assume at all times that they are under video surveillance by their disability insurance company. On a daily basis I receive calls from disability claimants that think they are being followed by an investigator. I always tell these claimants that they should immediately call the police and report the situation. According to most state laws, a licensed private investigator is required to notify the local police department that they will be conducting video surveillance. Unfortunately, some of these investigators do not comply with local laws. The second thing to do if you suspect you are being recorded or followed is to immediately call your disability carrier and ask them if they are currently conducting surveillance on you. You should also send a letter stating that you think someone is following you and you want to know if the company hired someone to follow you.
Video camera technology has improved tremendously in recent years and investigators are using video cameras that look like a pen or glasses. Discrete video cameras are also mounted on rear view mirrors in cars. We are seeing video surveillance films where the investigator is walking directly behind the claimant for 10 minutes at a time. As I have stated numerous times, video surveillance is rarely going to be a problem for a claimant, unless the claimant is seen doing something that he or she has told the disability company they cannot do. Video surveillance of disability claimants continues to be the number one reason to support a disability claim denial.
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