Private Investigators Catching Employees Fake Injury Claims
In today’s world, employees have the right to seek compensation when they suffer a loss in the course of carrying out their duties. For good reasons, employers do not want to be dragged into the ruckus associated with workers compensation claims. However, many employers will still have to deal with this situation no matter how safe they make the workplace. Those who find themselves in this position can ease their burden by hiring a private investigator. A professional investigator will ensure that you do not fall victim of workers’ compensation fraud.
According to reports, workers compensation fraud is one of the most prevalent types of fraud around the globe. During economic downturns and recessions, many employees often find ‘smart’ ways to cheat their employers. Doing this, means having more money to take home. Some employees may take up a second job while claiming to be injured and unable to work. That is why employers are advised to look into the personal injury claims filed by employees to avoid paying unnecessary disability benefits.
The truth is, workers compensation claims result in huge losses for many companies every year. If an employee claims to have sustained injury while working on the job, trivializing or dismissing the claim will likely do more harm than good. If you are an employer, consider hiring a private investigator to access the extent of damage that has been done. This will help you to know the appropriate settlement to offer the employee.
Professional private investigators are trained to tactfully conduct surveillance on individuals who have filed personal injury claims. Some of these employees may have exaggerated the extent of their injuries just to get a high amount of money as settlement. What tactics can a worker’s compensation claims investigator use to detect employee fraud?
- Online surveillance
A private investigator can monitor the activities of the injured employee on the internet. The investigator may watch to see what the employee puts up on social media or in chat rooms. Sometimes, an employee’s post may reveal whether or not they are truly injured.
- Video Surveillance
A private investigator can discreetly follow the claimant around and capture their activities in public spaces on video. The injured employee may have another job or even engage in activities that they claimed in the lawsuit that they are unable to do.
- Personal Interview
A professional investigator may have a one-on-one interview with the injured employee if the claimant is open to it. There might be some inconsistencies in the employee’s response if he is exaggerating or lying.
- Interview Friends and Relatives
A private investigator may interview the friends and family of the injured employee. They should be aware of the injury especially if they all live together in the same house. If they are not, then the investigator will need to conduct further investigations to ascertain if the claims are true.
Insurance companies and employers who want to know if the claims of an injured employee are legitimate should be careful not to invade the privacy of the claimant. It is advisable to conduct all surveillance in the open. https://www.csi-securesolutions.com/service/insurance-fraud/
About the Author
Chris Cavallo has been in the Security and Investigations Industry for 40 + years and is considered an expert in various areas such as background investigations and conducting complex surveillance operations. He has done business on every continent either through his own companies or through the partnerships that he has developed and maintained during his professional career.
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