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An insurance company surveillance of a laborer injured when a water main he was working on underground burst proved to be the clincher in securing a $240,000 workers’ compensation settlement for plaintiff Robert Kelley. (Credit: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock.com) An insurance company’s surveillance of a laborer injured when a water main he was working on underground burst proved to be the clincher in securing a $240,000 workers’ compensation settlement for plaintiff Robert Kelley. (Credit: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock.com)

Daryl Hall famously sang, “private eyes are watching you; they see your every move,” but for one injured laborer in Connecticut, it was every move he did not make for investigators’ eyes that made all the difference.

The incident centered around Robert Kelley, a laborer who was injured when a water main he was working on underground burst. In this case, the fact that investigators from Charter Oak Fire Insurance Co. found nothing suspicious after five days of surveillance on Kelley helped secure a $240,000 workers’ compensation settlement, according to Leslie McPadden, counsel for the plaintiff.

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