Have you been injured in a NJ work accident? You may be considering filing a NJ workers’ compensation claim to receive the benefits you deserve. You should know that surveillance is alive and well, and employers and insurers may use it against you in your workers’ compensation case.
As an injured worker, here are 6 things you should know about surveillance:
- Private investigators will often conduct surveillance while you are at doctor appointments. This way, they can properly identify you, your car, where you live, and your level of activity.
- If the investigator doesn’t find anything that could hurt your case, the surveillance may be repeated weeks or even months later. They probably won’t give up after the first time.
- Don’t think that an investigation will only take place between 9-5 on weekdays; investigators will also work on weekends and at night.
- Avoid talking to others about your daily activities. Your employer may ask your co-workers about what you do in your spare time so that investigators can check up on you.
- Limit your activities in the way your doctor tells you to. This means you should avoid carrying heavy groceries, playing sports, making car repairs, etc.
- You shouldn’t earn any income when you are receiving weekly benefit checks. If you are, it is considered to be fraud. This includes odd jobs like cutting grass or babysitting.
If you know these things and are honest from the beginning, you will be better prepared to file your NJ workers’ compensation claim. However, it is still a good idea to contact a Warren County workers’ compensation attorney to help guide you through this process. Manfred Ricciardelli is on your side and will give you the advice you need to win your case. Call our office today at 973-285-1100 to set up a free consultation.