In 25 years of helping injured workers and their families, I have heard of insurance company investigators going to great lengths to "spy on" comp recipients, but I had never heard of a "PI" getting shot. An upstate New York Workers Comp claimant plead "not guilty" to shooting an insurance investigator with his shot gun this week. The man says he was aiming for a turkey, not a private investigator following up on his workers’ compensation claim, before firing
his shotgun earlier this year.
According to the newspaper story, the disabled worker said he spotted a turkey in a nearby cornfield and took aim and fired, hitting the insurance company’s investigator with a shotgun blast in the side of his body, his back and legs. His injuries required surgery. The carrier’s gumshoe was investigating the worker by hiding in the field by his home at the time of the shooting to monitor his workers’ compensation claim.
The public defender’s office, representing the worker, told the court that the PI was wearing dark-colored and camouflaged clothing and lying on the ground at the time of the shooting. The public defender said the claimant didn’t expect anybody to be near the cornfield and after hearing the insurance company’s investigator cry out, he called 911 immediately. While an insurance company hiring an investigator to "Spy" on an injured worker and his family does not surprise anyone at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., the fact that the investigator hid, camouflaged in the worker’s field and got shot is certainly a first. Herndon Virginia injured workers attorney Doug Landau has had disabled clients who have wanted to shoot insurance investigators, but never heard of one accidentally getting one during turkey hunting season !