My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: DC
I just had a nasty surprise at my formal hearing (WC version of a trial). I had been deposed and all the discovery had been done and the hearing date was set. I went in today expected it to be a formal hearing like many I have read online but just as the defense lawyer shows up and he has the company vp in tow and another guy. My lawyer comes to me and says there is a PI there and that they have a TV and a sub rosa film and I was nervous and confused. I always stayed within the restrictions i was given but we all know how video can be doctored or messed with.
They stated the the sub rosa film was to impeach my testimony and the basically means it will prove that I am a liar, but hears the catch. I had to go through the entire hearing which was two hours long before I was able to see the video. So after the 2 hour plus hearing the PI get sworn in and the brings in a tv and sets it up. My lawyer,the judge and everyone piles around this tv and the video starts showing me pushing snow off my driveway. You see me push for about 60 seconds then take a break leaning on the shovel, then I start pushing snow again. I didn't really shovel because it would be very painful so I just kind of pushed the snow off the driveway. Then about 2-3 minutes into the video I hobble over to the tailgate of my truck and take a little break. I remember seeing the car sitting across the street from my house and have seen them follow me before but I was surprised that this was what they spent the $$$$ on because it didn't show be breaking any restrictions....actually it was showing me doing things just like I said.
About 4 minutes into the 8 minute film the judge told them to stop the video. She said that it showed nothing and that she was throwing it out. She asked the defense lawyer "if there is nothing else on this video you can shut it off now because its not showing us anything"!!!!!! It was great to watch the PI shut off his video and see all his time go right down the drain. It made me look more honest. I could go on and on but just wanted to share this and vent a little. The lesson here is always remember to be honest and do what you can and let them waste their money. Good luck to you all.