Can My Employer Spy on Me After a Work Injury?

Can My Employer Spy on Me After a Work Injury? workers compensation claim firm orlando florida workers comp spying on me surveillanceIf your on-the-job injury is more serious, your medical bills can skyrocket.

Your employer's insurance company is going to do its best to save money--even if it means resorting to surveillance methods.

When is Surveillance Legal in Florida?

Surveillance is legal in Florida in some cases, and if you are hurt on the job, your employer's insurance company may hire a private investigator. It is legal for someone to take pictures or video of your activities outside of your home. However, it is illegal for them to record your voice without your consent. According to the law, it is also illegal for anyone to intercept phone calls or other electronic communication and use it without your consent. 

Be aware of the fact that many expensive workers' compensation cases may involve a private investigator. Don't worry about this if you are hurt to the extent that you claim and if you follow your doctor's orders. If you do what you are told in order to heal, your claim won't be affected by surveillance.

When Surveillance is Used in Florida Workers' Compensation Claims

If your treatment conflicts with an activity, the private investigator could try to catch you on camera. For example, it may hurt your case if you are caught:
  • Mowing your lawn
  • Enjoying a walk or run
  • Playing in a sporting event
  • Lifting heavy objects, even groceries
  • Doing anything that conflicts with your doctor's orders

The value of these images is determined by the judge assigned to your case. If you have a back injury and are caught doing work in your yard, it is likely to hurt the outcome of the case. However, if there is only one picture of you lifting a grocery bag, your claim may not be damaged. 

Further Reading:
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