It goes without saying that if you’re injured on the job and out of work there’s a good chance that you’re being watched. Generally, it begins with an activities check by the workers’ comp insurance company to see if you are doing anything out of the ordinary instead of at home resting. Sometimes, it’s your employer who’s convinced you’re a fraud trying to rip off their company for its insurance, and demands surveillance.
When you are going to the doctor’s office, don’t go running from the car door to the doctor’s door or do anything that is contrary to your work restrictions such as jumping down from the exam table just in case the “company doctor” is watching and documenting every movement or the insurance company has hired a private investigator. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you have to become a hermit and stay indoors 24/7 and only come out for your doctor’s appointments. I’m just saying to follow your doctor’s work restrictions and be careful in your movements and activities. Otherwise, that private eye will capture some damaging photographs or video of you helping your friend in his restaurant or gas station when you are out on a workers’ comp disability claim and next thing you know you will be faced with charges of workers’ comp fraud. Even if you think bowling is good exercise for your back injury, it probably wouldn’t play well in court and you could lose your weekly disability checks.
Oftentimes, workers’ comp insurance companies use surveillance reports to suspend workers’ comp checks or deny claims outright. If your workers’ comp claim is denied or your workers’ comp checks stopped, you need to contact an Affleck & Gordon lawyer to help you fight for your rights.