Surveillance - Don’t Think They Won’t Find You!
A recent article revealed that a former New Hampshire postal worker plead guilt to making false statements and working while receiving federal workers’ compensation benefits. The postal worker had been collecting weekly checks for alleged neck, back and arm injuries for more than two years. Investigators observed him at a Comic Con event where he repeatedly lifted boxes of comic books, apparently without discomfort and sold them at the convention.
Insurers are becoming more and more aggressive about hiring private investigators, particularly to perform surveillance on Georgia’s injured workers who have been out of work for extended periods of time. They are trying to obtain evidence that an injured worker is working and earning money while he or she is collecting workers’ compensation benefits or is performing activities that are contrary to the restrictions imposed by their authorized treating physician.
f surveillance is successful, it can result in an injured worker’s income benefits and medical treatment being suspended. This saves the employer and insurer thousands of dollars over the life of the claim. The injured worker may also be investigated by the fraud unit of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
In our decades of experience, we have found that the vast majority of individuals who suffer on-the-job accidents have legitimate, often devastating injuries. However, there are still a small subset of people like the postal worker in New Hampshire, who are not legitimately injured. They make it that much more difficult for truly injured workers to receive the compensation and medical treatment that they desperately deserve.
If you are hurt on the job, it is critical that you do not work a side job when you are receiving temporary total disability benefits. It is also critical that you do not engage in activities that exceed your work restrictions. Even if you live in an extremely rural area, a good investigator can find you. If you have any doubts about what you can or cannot do, always contact us first and we will be happy to provide the guidance that you need. The outcome of your claim may depend upon it!