In workers’ compensation, when we talk about surveillance we’re not talking about cold war tactics or a spy ring. Insurance companies and defense attorneys will often hire private investigators to follow injured employees. This is done in the hopes of catching the employee engaging in any activity that is inconsistent with the doctor’s restrictions.
Remember, if your physician sets out restrictions – lifting, walking, sitting, standing, running, etc. – follow those restrictions to the letter. If you participate in activities that exceed your restrictions, you may slow the healing process and you could get caught on tape.
Another aspect of surveillance in the 21st century is social media. Insurance companies and defense firms do not have to hire anyone to Google an employee or look at Facebook and Instagram posts. Posting pictures or stories that show you exceeding your restrictions can be just as damaging as the traditional video surveillance.
If you think you’re being watched or followed or you just have questions, it’s best to call the Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys at Hasner Law.