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Sep 19, 2014

Have you heard of a sub-rosa investigation? The phrase “sub rosa” translates to “under the rose,” which essentially means “executed in secret.” Thus, a sub-rosa investigation is an investigation carried out in secret. If you’re dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident and are working with an injury lawyer in Los Angeles to recover costs associated with the accident, it’s imperative that you’re aware that these sub-rosa investigations occur. In fact, an insurance company may very well be carrying out a sub-rosa investigation of you as you read this.

An insurance company’s sub rosa investigation has one goal: catching you doing something you’re not supposed to be doing in order to prove that you’re either not injured or you’re less injured than you’re alleging. Insurance companies hire private detectives to follow you and video tape your every move in the hopes of “busting” you. If you are caught, the video evidence can cause massive damage to your case — even if you’re not exaggerating the severity of your injuries. In fact, saving insurance companies money by discrediting claimants is one of the main selling points used by private investigation services. Make no mistake, the goal is to stop you from getting the money you deserve.

It is very important to take precautions to protect yourself from these sub rosa investigations. The first step in protecting yourself is speaking with your injury lawyer in Los Angeles. He or she can help you build a plan of safe habits that will limit your exposure to investigators as well as prevent you from making a costly mistake. The second step is to strictly follow all doctors’ orders. If you’re not supposed to be doing something, don’t do it–forcing yourself to work through pain will only hurt your case in the long run. You must consider the possibility that your movements and actions are being tracked and act accordingly.

For more information or questions about sub-rosa investigations or how to get started with a personal injury case, please contact West Coast Trial Lawyers at (888) 539-9582 or visit

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