As the victim of a workplace injury, you deserve proper compensation. If you have filed a claim with the insurance company, only to discover you are being followed, you may begin to wonder what’s legal and what’s not. Can the insurance company really follow you? Are they allowed to dig into your personal life? Unfortunately, surveillance is just one way the insurance company protects themselves. There are too many individuals who fake injuries, and the insurance company just wants to be sure you’re not one of them.
What the Insurance Company Is Allowed to Do
It’s understandable the workers’ compensation insurance company wants to protect their own bottom line. With so much money lost on false claims, they’ll do everything they legally can to ensure you don’t take them for a ride. Some things they are allowed to do include:
- Taking photos and videos of you outside your home or office
- Running a background check on you and your family members
- Following you on your way to medical appointments
- Taking pictures of you walking to or from those medical appointments
- Digging through your social media accounts
- Talking to your neighbors, coworkers and family members
- Having medical professionals look over their surveillance information
If you feel the insurance company has stepped out of line and gone beyond what they are legally allowed, it’s important you get your attorney involved.
What You Should Do
To ensure your claim isn’t denied due to this surveillance, there are a few things you should always do to protect yourself.
- Double check that the individual actually works for the insurance company. You can do this by contacting the insurance provider to let them know what is going on, and to get confirmation that it was sought by them. You can also contact the authorities to get this confirmation.
- Keep your curtains closed so they can’t see what you are doing in the privacy of your own home.
- Place all your social media accounts on a private setting. Never post pictures or information that could be used against you.
- Ensure your lawyer asks for all surveillance videos, photographs and notes so he or she can use it to protect you.
Contacting a Lawyer
Whether you know there’s someone following you, or just suspect it, it’s important you have someone to legally represent you. Contact a workers’ compensation lawyer today to learn what your rights are. If you feel the insurance company has crossed the line, your workers compensation lawyers from Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt, can help you take proper steps toward getting their surveillance evidence tossed out.