Workers’ Comp Investigators: Considerations for Injured Workers
During a workers' compensation case, an employer or their insurance company may hire a private investigator, seeking evidence of a false or an exaggerated claim. Situations that typically prompt such an action include:
- A claim is suspected to be not as serious as an individual says it is.
- An injury is suspected to be fabricated entirely.
- A worker takes up employment elsewhere when they are designated as being unable to do so.
We understand how distressing this position can be for individuals pursuing a claim. It adds to an already stressful process of healing from injuries and dealing with the financial costs of them. With that context in mind, we have compiled some of the most common surveillance methods used by workers' compensation investigators in an infographic below.
How to Deal with a Workers' Compensation Investigation
1) Secure a Workers' Comp Attorney
If you have filed a workers' compensation claim and worry you are being investigated, consider consulting with an experienced Maryland legal team. They will fight for a just outcome and deal with your employer, their insurance company, and an investigation.
2) Do Not Engage with a Private Investigator
If you believe you are being followed by an investigator, avoid confronting or engaging with them. An investigator will use these interactions to gather evidence that could jeopardize your claim in the future.
3) Follow Your Doctor's Orders
Following your medical examination, you will need to strictly adhere to the work restrictions outlined by your doctor. Should you violate these conditions, you risk a private investigator witnessing it and using this information against your case.
4) Be Mindful of What You Share Online
Lastly, you will want to be mindful of what you post to your social media profiles. Avoid sharing photos, videos, or other content that may raise suspicions of your claim being exaggerated or untrue.
Furthermore, you may wish to restrict access to your profiles' content during the workers' compensation process. Most social media platforms offer easy-to-follow steps for enabling additional security that limits what other people can see on an account.