In mid 2015, Texas Investigative Network, Inc. was retained by an out of state law firm to conduct a surveillance investigation on a plaintiff who claimed that she had suffered permanent nerve damage as her median nerve was severed, thus causing limitations with her right arm. The plaintiff claimed that she was experiencing very poor grip with her right hand and unable to pick up anything and hold it. Specific examples she cited included not being able to use her right arm to lift a gallon of milk, start the ignition in her car, or use a spray bottle. Additionally, the plaintiff claimed she was unable to perform her job duties and was thus not working during the time in which this surveillance was conducted.
Over the course of six (6) days of surveillance, the plaintiff was observed frequently driving, shopping, and loading and unloading groceries and various other items into her vehicle on several different occasions. At no point during these activities did the plaintiff show any restrictions or reluctance in utilizing her right hand/arm to perform these actions. Further, the plaintiff was never observed wearing any type of brace, orthotic or medical device on her right hand or any other part of her body.
The most egregious contradiction to her injury claims came on a day in which she drove to a major furniture store and, after shopping for an extended period of time inside the store, exited the store three times pushing out three separate dollies containing what appeared to be pre-assembled furniture, boards and other materials. For several minutes, the plaintiff was observed and filmed personally loading and assisting a store employee in loading several large pieces of wood and pre-assembled furniture into her vehicle. In all instances in which this Plaintiff was observed, she fully utilized her right hand while performing these activities and showed no discernible signs of pain or disability.
All of these activities were captured on video, presented to our client in the form of a court admissible surveillance DVD, and supported by professionally detailed TIN surveillance reports. Per client, our reports and surveillance video proved most helpful in reaching a favorable resolution in this matter.