What is a Civil Investigation?
A civil investigation uncovers and assembles evidence necessary for civil trial.
A civil trial is a type of court case involving two individual citizens who disagree on an issue that relates to their rights as citizens. For example, if one person sues another for damages caused by a domestic accident, the case will likely be conducted as a civil trial. Civil investigators are responsible for gathering the evidence essential to such a trial.
What are common types of civil investigations?
While there are many kinds of civil investigations, some of the more common ones are:
Personal Injury Investigations: These investigations look into how an injury occurred in order to determine potential compensation.
Workers' Comp Investigations: The goal of workers’ comp investigations are to uncover and prevent insurance fraud.
Missing Person: Investigators conduct a missing person investigation to uncover information about people who are missing.
What happens in a civil investigation?
A civil investigation typically begins with analysis. A private investigator will meet with the person initiating the investigation in order to discuss the goals and budget of the investigation. The investigator will then conduct their investigation utilizing a variety of investigative techniques to gather relevant evidence.
Depending on the individual investigation, they may use surveillance,background checks, forensic investigation, asset searches, witness examination, and other methods. The investigator will then discuss their findings with the client and, if needed, create an official report or act as an expert witness.
What kind evidence does a civil investigator look for?
Financial documents (checks, bank statements, etc.)
Computer and cell phone activity (emails, texts, GPS, etc.)
Statements from friends, family, and colleagues
Business and public records