Private Investigations and Personal Security/Personal Injury Lawsuit-Ohio


My husband was a truck driver here in Ohio, and he was injured in a car accident while in his work truck. We are currently involved in a personal injury lawsuit now with not only his former employer's insurance company but also with the insurance company of the person who hit him. My question is this--we recently found out from neighbors (we live in a very small town# that our house has been under surveillance by a private investigator. Is this PI allowed to follow me if I am not with my husband or to take pictures of me when I am not with him? I had to sign papers for the lawsuit since I'm his legal spouse but he is the only one that is injured. I guess what I'm afraid of (and I'm not implying that I'm doing anything wrong or illegal) is that this PI might get some picture of me somewhere and use it against my husband? I just find it extremely creepy that someone might be following or taking pictures of ME. Please let me know any information that you can! Thank you!

Yes, unfortunately a private investigator can take photos and video in public. Most states have statutes that PI's must adhere to and generally an investigator cannot take photos or video from private property without having permission to be on that property. They certainly cannot be on your property. In some states you are not allowed to video around the curtiledge of a residence and most states will not allow video or photos in the residence. Some states will allow this if it is clearly visible from public view. In some cases insurance companies are just looking to make sure that they are paying for a legitimate claim. Who is the insurance company? I would not worry about them getting you on video because they cannot hold that against your husband's injury claim. Let me know if you need any more information.

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Most investigation related questions including General Investigations, Surveillance, Undercover work, Accident Investigations, Missing persons, Evidence related questions and person security/protection questions. I do not prefer to answer domestic related questions such as divorce or child custody but I would be glad to review them.


Former Law Enforcement officer, Narcotics Agent, Investigator and Chief of Police Licensed Private Investigator and VP Alabama Private Investigator's Association Private Investigator Instructor

APIA Alabama Association of Private Investigators (Vice President) Alabama Narcotics Officers Association AARS - Alabama Association of Rescue Squads NASAR – National Association of Search & Rescue National Association of Investigative Specialist

Author - Professional’s Guide to Auto Repossession. Published 1997 by Thomas Publications Author – “Badges….we don’t need no stinkin’ badges” published in Professional Repossessor Magazine. Guest speaker 2001 ASAFS “Alternative, Alternate Light Source

MLPI Managing the Lost Person Incident Urban SAR Operations Certified Accident Investigator Rappelling Instructor Certification Injured/Officer Down Rescue Course Physical Surveillance School Introduction to Highway/Rural Drug Investigation Undercover Operations & Risk Management Undercover Violence Transitioning from State to Federal Prosecution PTSD in Undercover Operations Audio Recovery of Undercover Cases Clan Lab, Meth Addiction & Booby Trap Familiarization Officer Safety, High Risk Event Planning – Level 1 Forensics and Domestic Violence Training Introduction to Clandestine Lab Investigations Certification Police Management Level 1 Dealing effectively with the External Environment Diversity, Understanding People and Cultures Managing for Effectiveness Ethics Rave/Club Drugs Seminar Controlled FORCE Instructor certification Patrol Officers Response to Street Narcotics Kinesic Interview and Interrogation Evidence Technician Course

Awards and Honors
Rescuer of the Year 2006 – AARS Rescuer of the Quarter – 4th Qtr 2006 2003 American Heart Association – “Cardiac Arrest Warrant” 2003 Adamsville Police Department - Fugitive Apprehension Certificate 2003 Sipsey Volunteer Fire & Rescue – Certificate of Appreciation 2002 Adamsville Police Department - Fugitive Apprehension Certificate 2002 Sipsey Volunteer Fire & Rescue – Certificate of Appreciation 1997 NAIS PI Convention Speaker Award

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