Phyllis Sanders at The Sanders Firm provided us with crucial information you need to know if you're involved in an accident or injury with a municipality. This information is useful for a regular person but also for investigators.
"If you're aware of a defect that is dangerous and can cause injury you should report it to the proper authorities. Of course, you wouldn't want anyone to be injured but it's important to report it. If you're not aware of how to do so, visit the municipalities website. On the website, you will be prompted to make a phone call or send an email. If the municipality does not do a prompt repair and someone is injured, the municipality could claim that they had no knowledge or proper notice. In order to properly notify a municipality of a dangerous defective condition, you must send a certified letter to the appropriate party in the municipality. This letter should be sent return receipt requested. If you follow the proper procedure and someone is injured he or she would be entitled to make a claim for money damages against the municipality. The municipality is being disingenuous when they tell you to phone or email a concern or complaint. The notice requirement is draconian and shields the municipality from it's negligence in making proper and prompt repairs when necessary" states Phillis Sanders of The Sanders Firm.
This information is important for the public to know so they can be aware of how the municipalities operate to protect others. It is important to investigators because they will be able to help investigate the claim and the injuries associated with an accident. Additionally, they will be able to investigate the area of concern to see if the proper authorities have repaired the issues or even addressed them. If a person only sends an email, it's more difficult to track…and even harder to know with a phone call.
For more information on Phyllis Sanders, please visit TheSandersFirm.com
In lawsuits, it is important to make sure that you have all your necessary medical records. Obtaining MRI films, X-Rays & Intraoperative Photos can prove what happened in your medical history. In personal injury cases, Mr. Stan Sanders explains, "after filing a legal claim, it is important to prove that an accident was caused by an accident and that there wasn't any preexisting medical conditions and in medical malpractice, your medical records are the most important element in your case."
You have a right to all of your medical records according to HIPAA which gives patients the right to obtain copies of their records from any provider. Sometimes, it may be difficult to obtain these records and it is imperative to have an investigator handle. Be prepared to have issues with records of elderly parents, children or even if you're considered the legal guardian of another adult. HIPAA states that medical providers must supply copies of all medical documentation within 30 days of your notice and if they do not, they must provide a legitimate reason for the delay. An investigator can be more persistent than a regular person and know exactly what to look for.
In addition to understanding the time frame and information, investigators will determine what documents are relevant in your file. They will work with the attorney(s) to keep costs low and look to obtain the records of other third-party professionals that are involved. According to Mr. Sanders, "records may not include all of the records that the third-party medical provider's office has on your name. You may need to make a separate request to the specialists office for your medical records and this is when investigators are more capable of under covering additional information that helps us in these cases."
There are times when medical records are missing and your investigator will be insistent to request the information. All inquiries must be done in writing. However, some hospitals and medical providers have been found to withhold important records relating to medical malpractice lawsuits. In such a case, your investigator will help and at this point, it is best to contact a personal injury lawyer like Mr. Sanders at The Sanders Firm.
For your convenience The Sanders Firm website is www.TheSandersFirm.com and their number is 1.800.FAIR.PLAY and All Investigative Services is 516.250.1192
A provider cannot deny you a copy of your records because you have not paid for the health services you have received. If you believe that your doctor or other health care provider violated your health information privacy right by not giving you access to your medical record, you may file a HIPAA Privacy Rule Complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights. The easiest way to file a complaint is to go through the HHS Office for Civil Rights. If you have questions about privacy, security, or HIPAA, visit the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) privacy website . You can also search OCR’s HIPAA FAQ database.
Lastly, for more information about your right to access your records, visit the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
“Outraged,” “shocked,” and “stunned” are the words most commonly heard from an owner or comptroller of a small business who has just discovered that their company has been victimized by a loyal employee(s). The initial steps taken in gaining control of the theft problem will determine the direction of the discovery. It is imperative to hire an investigator who is skilled and trained in these situations for a successful outcome of the investigation.
Everyday, in every city, there is an employee in a company or service organization either planning the theft of goods, or involved in a continuing criminal activities that is victimizing the small or medium-sized business. In a world where profit margins are slim, and the competition cut-throat, an enterprising thief can bankrupt a business. The private investigator's role in stopping the theft is critical to that business remaining viable.
Billions of dollars are stolen every year in every industry and every type of business. The vast majority of the people who commit these crimes go undetected and unpunished. Most of them, when caught, or detected, are simply terminated, and let go without punishment. The decision to seek retribution or criminal punishment of the perpetrators are something that is extremely difficult to decide.
An investigator builds the criminal case and will determine whether prosecution is possible.
It is important to determine and decide on an investigator that you feel comfortable with and who will work closely with you and your business. Very seldom will the business owner, security director or comptroller realize the depth of the problem. The investigator will initially discuss the basic investigative plan that will stop theft and identify the thieves. As with most clients, they will want a quick and painless (cheap) solution – but problems of this type are neither simple, nor inexpensive.
So, in addition to selecting a knowledgable but personal investigator, he/she also has to be able to articulate the complex nature of this type of investigation. Take a look at the investigators resume and make sure he/she goes through a thorough plan so you completely understand the steps that will be taken. A good investigator will outline the fees associated and the reimbursements and/or criminal charges.
If you need help determining an investigator, you can contact AIS and we will advise you free of charge. Additionally, my next article will be on the steps you need to take when confronting an employee that has been stealing.
Karin Murphy is an investigative reporter. Through her own experiences she took an interest in undercover & investigative work.