Hiring Your Own Private Investigator Can Help You Build Your Personal Injury Case.
If your personal injury claim is large, complicated, or unlikely to settle outside of court, you will need to amass as much evidence about the incident as possible. Hiring an investigator is a helpful tool for covering all your bases.
A private investigator can help you locate parties and witnesses that are critical to your claim. In collections, this is called skip tracing. Usually, the investigator will use digital means to search for someone’s online footprint. They will begin with social media, and digital public records.
If there is no online footprint, an investigator will use public records to search for the missing person. Property records and court records are usually a great place to start. In each state, traffic tickets, lawsuits, and other court proceedings are all matters of the public record. It is easy to find an address from court records related to a traffic ticket.
A private investigator can help interview witnesses to the accident, and help prepare depositions for parties and witnesses.
An investigator can be your private set of boots on the ground talking to people you could not find on your own, and asking questions you would not be able to ask yourself.
Tracking Down Physical Evidence
Private investigators can be helpful in tracking down physical evidence like photographs and surveillance video. In some cases, parties do not want to release the video or the video could have been erased over time. An investigator can help solve these issues by contacting parties during business hours when you might be at work.
A private investigator is an additional expense. Ask your attorney if you think a private investigator could be useful in your situation. Your attorney should have contacts that can help you hire a reliable investigator.