Professional Services

Workers’ Compensation Fraud

One of our specialties is investigating workers’ compensation fraud. We guide you through the process from the AOE/COE, activity check and surveillance, to the WCAB hearing. We have a thorough knowledge of the claims adjusters’ challenges and goals, and we are sensitive to the statute of limitations, case penalties and case closure movement.

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Civil

We have extensive experience providing deposition and trial testimony. We work closely with lawyers, paralegals and risk managers to aid in preparing a case for trial; from inception to deposition/from trial to case closure. Our investigative services are time sensitive to discovery cutoffs and pre-trial preparations. Whether we are conducting background investigations, locating witnesses, obtaining witness statements, verifying assets, or conducting surveillance, we will deliver comprehensive information directly to you consistent with specified time parameters. We are available to meet with you to discuss the case in detail and keep an open line of communication with all parties that are assigned to the case.

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Criminal

We have handled numerous criminal cases against wrongfully accused defendants who were charged with murder, possession of drugs, rape, spousal abuse and violation of a restraining order. Through our investigative techniques we were able to locate witnesses, obtain their statements, security video and other factual evidence. This evidence was used by the attorneys to have the District Attorney dismiss the charges or have them exonerated through the legal process.

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Witness Statements

Our vast knowledge of surveillance and witness statements utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and legal compliance have resulted in many “take nothing” verdicts or applicants dropping their claims. At trial, two-thirds of the jury will be more receptive to evidence presented in a visual format rather than evidence presented verbally. When preparing any case for trial, using demonstrative evidence to tell a story often makes the difference between success and failure.

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Surveillance/Sub Rosa

Surveillance is extremely useful for evaluating and documenting your subjects’ daily activities and the lifestyle in which they live. Whether you are seeking to validate and/or impeach, we will ensure that you get admissible results. Our investigators use state-of-the-art technology when obtaining evidentiary video and have a thorough understanding of the law when it concerns expectation of privacy.

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Subrogation

Subrogation is the act of one party claiming the legal rights of another that it has reimbursed for losses. Subrogation occurs in property/casualty insurance when a company pays one of its insured’s for damages, then makes its own claim against others who may have caused the loss, insured the loss, or contributed to it.

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Accident Reconstruction

An accident reconstruction is a scientific approach to solving the questions of how and why an accident occurred. This approach is usually performed by experts trained in the field of traffic accident reconstruction engineering and physics, such as the private investigators at Thornton Investigative Services. Reconstructing accidents requires a methodology that begins with known data such as vehicle final rest positions, accident scene evidence and vehicle damage.

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Background/Locates

Having worked on countless divorce cases, we are aware that this can be one of the most emotional and trying times in one’s life. We work in unison with the divorce attorney to help protect your family home, investments and uncovering hidden assets that your spouse may have hidden. In California, the courts are primarily concerned that your family assets are divided/distributed only in what you are entitled to.

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Asset Locations

Thornton Investigative Services provides our corporate and individual clients with asset location for a variety of purposes: when a client must know if a possible service partner, merger or acquisition target, customer or provider is financially sound, when there is a suspicion of fraud inside a client’s company, or when a client needs to collect on a judgment or recuperate stolen possessions.

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Service of Process

Service of process is the general term for the lawful record by which a lawsuit is started and the court insists its jurisdiction over the events and the controversy. In modern-day U.S. regulation, process is usually a summons. A summons is a paper that tells an accused that he is being filed against in court, that the complainant believes has territory. Offered with the summons is a grievance that contains the plaintiff’s accusations of misbehavior by the accused and the legal solution looked for by the plaintiff. The summons also educates the accused that he has a specified variety of days under legislation to react to the summons and complaint (typically thirty days). If the defendant does not react, the plaintiff could look for a default judgment from the court, giving the complainant the legal alleviation defined in the grievance.

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Trial Preparation

Trial preparation is the gathering and preparing of resources for a court case or hearing. It can likewise give a jury a better understanding of the realities provided in a lawsuit.

Depending upon the nature of the instance, preparation tasks could vary, however effective trial prep work can be necessary to winning a case, so it needs to never be overlooked or simply skimmed over.

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Child Custody

We have a proven track record in securing properly obtained evidence to assist your counsel in securing either full custody or limited visitation from the opposing spouse. We have obtained videotape of spouses physically beating their minor child during their visitation time, dropping their minor child off at an unknown house while the parent spent the evening out at a bar drinking. On another occasion we were retained to follow a spouse where they attended a wedding and drank excessively the entire evening. Upon leaving the location, this individual ran head on with a palm tree, totaled their expensive vehicle, was arrested and charged with a felony DUI for leaving the scene of the accident and was taken to jail.

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Divorce

Having worked on countless divorce cases, we are aware that this can be one of the most emotional and trying times in one’s life. We work in unison with the divorce attorney to help protect your family home, investments and uncovering hidden assets that your spouse may have hidden. In California, the courts are primarily concerned that your family assets are divided/distributed only in what you are entitled to.

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