Can I Still Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits While I’m on Vacation?

Can I Still Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits While I’m on Vacation?

Just because you sustained a workplace injury does not mean you are no longer allowed to have fun or enjoy life. If you are unsure if you are allowed to go on vacation and continue to receive workers’ compensation benefits, the short answer to this question is, yes, you can. However, you must be careful and make sure none of the activities you plan on doing go against your doctor’s recommendations. Otherwise, you will risk losing your ability to collect these essential benefits.

Moreover, if you do choose to go on vacation, you need to ensure doing so will not interfere with your treatment or medical appointments. Of course, trying to plan a vacation within these restrictions will take a little more time than you are probably used to spending on planning a trip, but considering how much you stand to lose if it is not done properly, it is worth the extra time.

Considering the Impact Vacationing Can Have on Your Claim

The fact is that going on vacation when you are either in the midst of filing a workers’ compensation claim or receiving benefits, this action is a major red flag for insurers. You can also expect them to investigate your claim by conducting surveillance and possible filming you while you are on vacation in an effort to prove that you are being dishonest about your injuries and, as a result, keep you from obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.

Even if they do keep an eye on you while you are on vacation, you can bet they will at least check out your social media accounts to see if you post anything that contradicts your claim. Therefore, you need to avoid posting anything about your vacation to social media. If you injured your leg at work and post a video of you hiking, things will not end well for you and it is likely this will damage your chances of receiving benefits.

If you go on vacation, here are some tips you should follow:

  • Follow your doctor’s orders even while you are away. If your orders are to remain bedridden, however, forego the vacation altogether.
  • Plan your vacation around your doctor appointments and, whatever you do, do not miss or reschedule a single one.
  • Take a social media vacation while you are away and do not post anything.
  • Do not do anything that would contradict your claim. Even if you do not post about it online, someone might be watching.

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today!

If you sustained workplace injuries and cannot return to your job, contact the workers’ compensation team at The Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. for the skilled legal guidance you need to ensure you are able to obtain your benefits. Our attorney has the knowledge and experience that is necessary to help you navigate every step of the process, so you can achieve the successful results you are seeking

Contact our law office today at (229) 999-4476 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our esteemed attorney and learn more about how we can help you.