As with anything, claiming an injury, whether personal or work-related can be and will most likely be investigated. This means that if you do plan on faking an injury or even stretching the truth a bit to get some time off, it’s important to be aware that there will be people looking into your story and they may not take kindly to being lied to.
That being said, if you are legitimately injured, there is no reason to be worried about an investigation. These are just a routine part of the process and as long as you’re telling the truth, you have nothing to worry about.
So, do workers’ compensation investigators follow you around? Anytime you file a claim with Workers’ Compensation there is the potential to be investigated. The larger the claim, the more likely an investigation will be conducted.
The investigators assigned to your case will likely look into several different aspects of your life to verify the validity of your claim. This may include looking at your social media accounts, talking to witnesses, and/or reviewing surveillance footage.
If you are legitimately injured, there is nothing to worry about. However, if you are lying about your injuries or trying to exaggerate them, you may find yourself in hot water. So, it’s important, to be honest from the beginning to avoid any complications down the road.
How Do Injury Claims Get Investigated?
There are a few reasons why an insurance company or employer might decide to investigate a workers’ compensation claim. In some cases, the company is simply trying to avoid paying out any more money than necessary.
In other cases, the employer might suspect that the employee is faking their injuries or exaggerating them in order to get more time off work.
No matter the reason for the investigation, it’s important to know that you have rights and there are certain things that investigators are not allowed to do.
For example, investigators are not allowed to stalk or harass you. They also are not allowed to come onto your property without your permission. If an investigator does any of these things, you may have grounds to file a complaint.
What Should You Do If You’re Investigated?
If you find yourself the subject of a workers’ compensation investigation, the best thing you can do is to be cooperative. This doesn’t mean that you have to answer every question that is asked of you, but you should be polite and respectful.
If you’re not sure how to answer a question or you feel like you’re being harassed, it’s best to seek out the help of an attorney who can advise you on how to best handle the situation.
Remember, you have rights and there is no reason to be intimidated by an investigator. As long as you’re honest and cooperative, you should have nothing to worry about.
The Dangers of Social Media and Work Comp Injuries
In today’s world, social media is a part of almost everyone’s life. We use it to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos and experiences, and sometimes even vent about our day-to-day lives.
However, what many people don’t realize is that anything you post on social media can and will be used against you, especially if you’re making a workers’ compensation claim.
For example, let’s say that you injure your back at work and you decide to file a claim. A few days later, you post a photo on Facebook of yourself at the beach with your family. While this may seem harmless, the insurance company can use this photo as evidence that you’re not injured and that you’re just trying to get money from them.
This is why it’s so important to be careful about what you post on social media, especially if you’re making a workers’ compensation claim. Anything you post can and will be used against you, so it’s best to avoid social media altogether until your case is resolved.