Your employer or insurance company may put you under injury surveillance if you’re injured at work. This means they will hire someone to follow you and document your activities to prove that your injuries are not as severe as you claim or that you are not truly disabled.
This practice is more common than you might think and can be very intrusive and stressful. If you are being watched, it’s important to know your rights and what you can do to protect yourself.
This article will explain everything you need to know about employer/insurance surveillance, including your rights and how to protect yourself.
What is employer/insurance surveillance?
Employer/insurance surveillance is a type of surveillance that is often used to investigate workers who have been injured on the job. This surveillance type can determine whether or not an employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Employer/insurance injury surveillance can also investigate workers’ compensation fraud. For example, if an employee claims to have been injured at work, but the employer/insurer suspects that the injury was not work-related, they may use surveillance to try to catch the employee in a lie.
What are the implications of employer/insurance surveillance?
Workers should be aware of a few implications of employer/insurance injury surveillance.
First, if you have been injured at work, your employer or insurance company may watch you. This means that you should be careful about what you say and do, as anything you do could be used against you in your workers’ compensation claim.
Second, employer/insurance surveillance can invade your privacy. If you are being watched, your private life may no longer be private. The insurer may try to track your every move, and this can be a very intrusive experience.
Finally, employer/insurance surveillance can be stressful. It cannot be easy to relax and focus on your recovery if you know you are being watched. The stress of being constantly watched can even make your recovery from your injury more difficult.
What are some of the ways that employer/insurance surveillance can be used?
Employers/insurance injury surveillance can be used in a few different ways.
First, your employer or insurance company may hire a private investigator to follow you. The investigator may try to track your every move, and they may even try to talk to your friends and family.
Second, your employer or insurance company may install surveillance cameras near your home or workplace. The cameras may be hidden, or they may be in plain sight.
Third, your employer or their insurance company may request your medical records. This includes your medical history and any records from your current doctor.
How can employer/insurance surveillance impact an injured worker’s claim?
Employer/insurance injury surveillance can greatly impact an injured worker’s claim.
First, your every move will be under scrutiny if you are being watched. This means that you will need to be very careful about what you do and say, as anything you do could be used against you in your claim.
Second, employer/insurance surveillance can be very intrusive and stressful. Constant surveillance can make it difficult to focus on your recovery, and the stress can even make it more difficult.
Third, employer/insurance surveillance can produce evidence that may be used to deny your workers’ compensation claim. For example, if the insurer suspects that your injury was not work-related, they may use surveillance to try to catch you in a lie. If they are successful, your claim may be denied.
What can workers do to protect themselves from employer/insurance surveillance?
Workers can do a few things to protect themselves from employer/insurance surveillance.
First, you should be aware of your rights. You have the right to privacy, and you should know what your employer or insurance company is allowed to do and not do when it comes to surveillance.
Second, you should keep a written record of all interactions with your employer or insurance company. This includes any communication about your workers’ compensation claim and any surveillance you are aware of.
Third, you should speak to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights, and they can also help you protect your privacy.
If you have been injured at work, it is important to know that your employer and the insurance company may be watching you. They may be surveillance to deny your claim or minimize the amount of compensation you receive. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact DYS Law Group ( (310) 473-2355) for a free consultation.