What Role a Private Investigator is Supposed to Fulfill
June 7, 2019
Not all clients understand the role
of an investigator, and surprisingly, this applies to several law firms too. What
is a private investigator’s role? Simply put, he or she helps to find out the sequence
of events which caused the accident in which one has suffered injuries. You may
be thinking: “Why do I have to work with an investigator?” Law firms in
California seek the services of one to get specific information related to an
accident and help find out who was responsible for injuries which happened.
Roles of Investigators in Injury Lawsuits
Their role is to look into the matter
with a stated objective: find out the actual event and the version of the
police. Besides this, very often, their role is to have a conversation with the
one to blame for the accident, find out what his or her version of the event is,
and his or her role in it – rather than what he or she told the law enforcement
officer. In addition, if it is not consistent, or if the at-fault person says
something extremely different a month after the accident day from what he or
she said to police at that time, it would affect his or her credibility.
Moreover, a cop
has ten minutes or so to write the whole thing as against a private
investigator who has enough time to record almost everything to the last detail.
Many vital facts left out of a police report are included in the report of the
investigator, who works with a personal injury lawyer.
An Example of What an Investigator Can Do
Assume that you have sustained
extremely severe injuries in an accident, and therefore, you were not able to write
down the names of witnesses or take photos of the accident scene. By the time cops
arrived there, many of the witnesses had already left the spot, and none of the
information about them was recorded in the report. A private investigator will
be able to track down those may have witnessed the collision, and may have even
taken photographs or a video on their device. The police report might just include
details about witnesses that were available at the scene, but some of those who
left before it could have some vital evidence and information to support the
case. It is possible to use video and photos on a witness’s device to let an
accident reconstruction expert prove the case.