Insurance company relies on manipulative video surveillance techinique to challenge disabiling condition

Disability insurance companies are notorious for using video surveillance in order to evaluate a claimant’s restrictions and limitations. In more than 50% of the disability insurance claim denials that we review, the disability company relies on video surveillance. With today’s technological advances it is very easy to manipulate videos. It is rare for a disability company to manipulate a video, however the investigator filming the video can be manipulative in order to obtain further work form the insurance company. The following story is surprising and something that all claimants and disability attorneys should be aware of.

A lawyer was recently in trial. During a break, the judge asked the lawyers if they knew about the latest surveillance techniques. He had apparently just finished a trial where the guy who took the surveillance used a mirror to film the Plaintiff – in other words, he filmed the mirror image. So it made it look like the Plaintiff was using the affected limb when in fact it was the other limb being used. The Plaintiff’s lawyer apparently picked up on it because the Plaintiff was filmed entering his house and the address numbers were the reverse of what they should have been.

As disability lawyers we often see video surveillance which is arbitrary. The person taking the video will often film limited activities which will make the person look better than they really are. It is often that we obtain copies of videos which fail to include events from the same day which show the claimant experiencing pain and discomfort. It is rare that we see a video that has been edited or manipulated, however we always review every video to verify its accuracy and reliability.

Leave a comment or ask us a question

Questions About Hiring Us

Do you work in my state?

Yes. We are a national disability insurance law firm that is available to represent you regardless of where you live in the United States. We have partner lawyers in every state and we have filed lawsuits in most federal courts nationwide. Our disability lawyers represent disability claimants at all stages of a claim for disability insurance benefits. There is nothing that our lawyers have not seen in the disability insurance world.

What are your fees?

Since we represent disability insurance claimants at different stages of a disability insurance claim we offer a variety of different fee options. We understand that claimants living on disability insurance benefits have a limited source of income; therefore we always try to work with the claimant to make our attorney fees as affordable as possible.

The three available fee options are a contingency fee agreement (no attorney fee or cost unless we make a recovery), hourly fee or fixed flat rate.

In every case we provide each client with a written fee agreement detailing the terms and conditions. We always offer a free initial phone consultation and we appreciate the opportunity to work with you in obtaining payment of your disability insurance benefits.

Do I have to come to your office to work with your law firm?

No. For purposes of efficiency and to reduce expenses for our clients we have found that 99% of our clients prefer to communicate via telephone, e-mail, fax, sessions, or Skype. If you prefer an initial in-person meeting please let us know. A disability company will never require you to come to their office and similarly we are set up so that we handle your entire claim without the need for you to come to our office.

How can I contact you?

When you call us during normal business hours you will immediately speak with a disability attorney. We can be reached at 800-682-8331 or by email. Lawyer and staff must return all client calls same day. Client emails are usually replied to within the same business day and seem to be the preferred and most efficient method of communication for most clients.

Dell & Schaefer Client Reviews   *****

Eric C.

I was very pleased with the service and the professionalism that I received from Dell & Schaefer. Stephen Jessup and staff showed extreme care while handling my disability case, keeping me informed every step of the way. The service that I received was prompt and courteous. I was very surprised by the way they were able to go in and settle my case for more than I expected and it was done fast. Thank you for all that you’ve done for me and my family and the effective and efficient way you handled my disability case. I think that Dell & Schaefer do an excellent job being both professional and caring when dealing with clients.

***** 5 stars based on 202 reviews

Speak With An Attorney Now

Request a free legal consultation: Call 800-682-8331 or Email Us