If you're out of work due to a job-related injury and you're collecting workers' compensation, you may want to be extremely cautious during summer vacations. There's nothing stopping you from going on a brief vacation while collecting workers' compensation. However, you do need to be careful to avoid doing anything that could jeopardize your case. The last thing you want is to lose your workers' compensation law benefits over a mistake you made regarding your vacation. Here are four steps you should follow to avoid costly mistakes while on vacation.
Check in with Your Attorney
If you're collecting workers' compensation, and you're planning on going out of town on a short vacation, be sure to check in with your attorney first. Your attorney will need to know where you are at all times, especially if they need to get in touch with you in a hurry. Not only that, but they'll be able to give you last-minute instructions on how to stay out of trouble.
Stick to the Restrictions
If you're collecting workers' compensation due to a work-related injury, chances are good that your doctors have given you specific restrictions that you're required to follow. These restrictions, or limitations, must be followed, even while you're on vacation. You never know when the insurance company might have a private investigator following you. If you're doing things that are outside of your restrictions or limitations, you could lose your benefits. For instance, if your doctor has limited you to the amount of walking you can do and you go out for a hike into the mountains, you could be at risk for legal problems relating to your workers' compensation claim. Play it safe and stick to all your restrictions and limitations while on vacation.
Don't Reschedule Appointments
If you are currently undergoing medical treatment, including doctor's visits or physical therapy, don't try to reschedule those appointments to work around your vacation. The insurance company will be monitoring how diligent you are about keeping your medical appointments. It's not going to look good if you reschedule your medical care so you can go on vacation. If you're undergoing treatment, schedule a shorter vacation so that you can make all your medical appointments.
Watch What You Post on Social Media
If you're like most people, you probably have at least one social media account. If you're collecting workers' compensation, the insurance company probably knows about them, even if you didn't provide the information. Not only that but they're probably monitoring every post, picture, and comment to your pages. While you're on vacation, be sure to watch what you post on your social media pages. Anything you post can be used against you in a workers' compensation case.