Workman’s Comp Insurance Investigations

Expect Surveillance and Private Investigations for Serious Work Injury Claims

Workers Comp Insurance companies in Georgia often hire private investigators to observe injured workers especially in the case of serious injury where the insurance company has more at stake.  Please know that you may be under surveillance at any time.

Workers’ Comp Insurance Agents Spy on Claimants

Workers’ Comp Insurance companies hire investigators to generate evidence that your injuries are not as bad as you claim them to be, and/or that you are working a second job while you are receiving temporary benefits.

If you aren’t committing a blatant infringement against your workers’ comp claim, such as working a second job, a Worker’s Comp Insurance investigator could still collect data that may be slanted to use against you. Remember, they aren’t just ruling you out for workers’ comp fraud. These investigators are paid to find as much information as possible to help a workers’ comp insurance company deny your claim.

Avoiding Accusation of Workers’ Comp Fraud

You should be completely honest in any conversation that you have with your employer, any insurance adjuster, or medical doctor that you see related to your injury. The more extensive you claim your injuries to be, the more costly your claim may be, and you can assume that you may be under surveillance.

Documented Worker’s Comp Fraud

If the insurance company or an investigator is able to collect video or other documented evidence that you are not as injured as you claim to be, or that you are working another job while you are out on workers comp, your risk immediate termination of your benefits as well as a reduction in your impairment rating. Allegations of insurance fraud can also result in criminal charges against you.  Remember, even a one time out of character act may be memorialized in a picture or video forever.

Workers’ Comp Investigator Surveillance Methods

Methods of surveillance may extend beyond traditional physical surveillance to include social media such as MySpace and Facebook. You should be aware that if your Facebook privacy settings are open, anyone can access your information, including wall posts and pictures. When viewed out of context, this information may hurt your case and affect your overall impairment rating.  Similarly, information that anyone else posts about you may also be fair game.

Our Georgia Workers Compensation law firm will protect you and ensure that you do not unknowingly waive any important rights.

Contact one of the workers comp attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. (912) 264-6465You may also reach us by completing the confidential case evaluation form at the top right of this page.

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