Whether it’s during the summertime or the holiday season, many American workers go on vacations to take a fun and relaxing break from work. When it comes to injured employees who receive workers’ compensation benefits, they are also allowed to take a vacation.
However, taking a long trip away from home comes with certain risks that can have a negative impact on workers’ compensation claims.
When planning your trip, consider the following factors to avoid losing your workers’ comp benefits:
- Your scheduled medical appointments – As part of your workers’ compensation claim, you must see your doctor, physical therapist, or any other type of healthcare provider to receive your benefits. If you plan on taking a long trip away from home, you could end up missing an appointment. Doing so could mean losing your benefits. Even if you reschedule an existing appointment, your employer or its insurer could consider such action to be a failure to comply with your ordered medical treatment.
- Your doctor’s orders – In order to make a full recovery from your injury, your physician will determine what types of activities you can do and which ones you should avoid. If your vacation involves fun and risky activities such as jet skiing, skydiving, or even snorkeling with sharks, you may be tempted to live your life to the fullest despite the physical restrictions. Yet, going against the orders doctors not only increases the risk of reinjury, but it can also result in losing your benefits.
- You are being watched – Workers’ compensation insurers often hire investigators to keep tabs on claimants, whether it’s recording an injured employees’ actions or keeping an eye on their social media posts throughout their vacation. If investigators capture any evidence of you going against the doctor’s recommendations, say so long to your benefits.
If you are interested in filing for workers’ compensation claim in Norman, OK, or your claim has been denied, contact the Law Offices of Keith J. Nedwick, P.C. today at (866) 590-8173 to request a free meeting.