Very often with workers compensation claims, people believe that it is either not as severe as people say or doesn’t exist as all. While this is not true in the least, there is still a negative connotation around it. According to recent findings, only one to two percent of workers compensation claims are fraudulent. This doesn’t stop certain employers from attempting to prove that the claims are false, however, and some even go to lengths like hiring private investigators to prove their thoughts are accurate.
One of the biggest issues with private investigators is that they are hired by someone who may not have your best interests in mind. This means that they likely have no concern about fair or honest reporting, as they are either biased against you by whoever has hired them or they are paid more if they find what your employer wants them to. This means that some even edit down hours and hours of footage to shorter pieces which show you as more active than you are or as doing something you claim brings you pain. It doesn’t matter if it is something you could not avoid doing for whatever reason. Also, they are able to film you from any public property which means that if you are doing something as simple as grocery shopping, you may be caught on camera.
In order to make sure that you are protected against this activity, you should always follow every bit of your doctor’s advice. If you are told not to lift anything over 15 pounds, then don’t. This includes pet food at the grocery store. If you are not supposed to bend at the waist, then make sure that you are not bending down to grab something off the bottom shelf or out of a basket. While this may be nearly impossible, it is important to do all you can to protect yourself against this kind of footage.
If you have been hurt on the job, call Collier Law Firm and discuss what else you can do to make sure your claim is seen as legitimate. Sometimes having the injury isn’t enough if there is footage made to look like you are not in pain. Call us today for a free consultation and see what we can do to help prevent you from losing your case.