After filing a workers’ compensation claim following a workplace injury, you should know that the insurance company representing your employer will gather evidence of the injury before making a decision about your benefits. They can do so by getting copies of medical tests and following through on others methods.
Many clients who come to us at Argionis & Associates ask “Will I be followed by a workers’ comp investigator?” They’re often worried about their privacy and their claim. The short answer is that an investigator may be hired to investigate your claim. Understanding the role of the investigation and knowing what to do can ease some of your concerns.
When Do Workers’ Comp Investigators Follow You?
Any time after you file a claim, an investigator may follow you or investigate you. You’re more likely to be placed under investigation if you have a large claim, have filed claims before or if the insurance company has any reason to be concerned about fraud. However, even if your case shows no red flags, investigators may still be assigned to you. They may be trying to collect evidence that you aren’t injured or are less injured than reported so that they don’t have to pay benefits.
Is A Workers’ Comp Investigator Following Me? What Are They Doing?
Private investigators use many tactics when they’re hired by insurance companies, including:
What Can I Do?
You’ll want to do several things after being injured on the job to ensure an investigation cannot derail your right to benefits:
Do You Need Help?
If you’re in danger of losing benefits or need help with the Illinois workers’ compensation process, contact Argionis & Associates for a free consultation. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can travel to you, so you won’t even have to try to come to our offices if you’re too injured to travel.