Basic Asset vs. Comprehensive Asset Investigations
Asset investigations are a crucial tool and recovery procedure used by insurance carriers when they have disbursed funds for damages after an auto accident, workers’ compensation claim, etc. For subrogation purposes, our clients need to discover assets that the subjects or liable parties possess to recover those funds.
When deciding to run an asset investigation, it is important for us to inform you the difference between a basic asset investigation and a comprehensive asset investigation. A basic asset investigation will provide our clients with confirmed addresses of an individual and ownership details of the confirmed property, possible employment, spousal name, preliminary liens, judgments, UCC filings, etc. Our databases utilize the name, date of birth and social security number of a subject or liable party to discover the aforementioned information. ICU’s investigative staff may also supplement our database work with a social media/internet search. If employment of the claimant is established, it is imperative to the investigation and assists our clients in their decision to subrogate. If derogatory information is developed during our search, this can also help our clients make financial decisions regarding the claim, subject, or liable party.
A comprehensive asset investigation is a more in-depth search that includes additional database searches and the following to supplement the information that would be developed in a basic asset investigation:
Litigation search to obtain official suits, judgments, bankruptcies, and liens, as well statewide civil litigation and federal civil litigation.
Our databases allow us to uncover possible current motor vehicle ownership to include boats and recreational vehicles, litigation records, tax assessor records, real property ownership, UCC filings, corporate affiliations, AKA’s, associated social security numbers, and professional licenses.
These findings will assist our clients in their decision whether or not to move forward with subrogation.
Contact ICU today to discuss the asset investigation that will suit your needs!