Workers’ Compensation matters vary from case to case, but one common thread is that injuries sustained by workers are severe enough to keep them from performing their routine job duties. To ensure each claimant is being completely truthful with his or her claim, insurance companies will send investigators to observe the daily behavior of the injured worker. For example, if the investigator finds that a construction worker who has injured his hand on the job is operating machinery on a job site after filing a claim, some hefty consequences could result.
Earlier this month, the state of Montana convicted its second felon charged with robbing the state of workers’ compensation benefits. An investigative team found a man, who claimed to be injured at work, out hunting and working on a construction site. The man already began receiving thousands of dollars in benefits. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.
Due to instances such as this, it is standard that all cases are subject to investigation. In our What To Expect: Your Workers’ Compensation case video, we caution people that insurance companies may hire private investigators to monitor your activity. Even something that seems harmless, like posting a photo to a social media site, can be taken out of context and used against you, so it is best to use caution at all times. For more information on surveillance by insurance companies, and all other matters related to a Workers’ Compensation case, watch our What to Expect video.