Workers Compensation Investigations
First Let us define the root words “Workers Compensation”
- a system of insurance that pays an employee who cannot work because he or she has been injured while working
- called also workers’ comp
During a Workers Comp investigation, the subject/claimant/injured party is observed from a distance typically a few work days (typically week days) and an occasional; week end.
The purpose for such surveillance is to establish if in fact the person often referred to as the subject of the investigation or claimant exhibits any movement that would not be possible if they are still suffering from the original injury (s).
Definition of workers’ compensation
: a system of insurance that reimburses an employer for damages that must be paid to an employee for injury occurring during employment — called also workers’ comp\-ˈkämp\
Surveillance in Workers’ Compensation Cases
The insurance companies use surveillance by a third-party witness of the injured worker to prove the injury of the worker. Such cases where the injured worker was prescribed certain restrictions towards work by their doctor. Surveillance is scheduled to establish whether the worker has been doing certain activities which may be beyond the restrictions. The insurance company can claim the worker has not provided accurate information to the doctor and obtained the restrictions for personal gain.