Every employee throughout the United States deserves to go on vacation
to spend time with their loved ones and take a break from performing work
duties. This also applies to those who have suffered injuries on the job
and do their best to make the best recovery possible in order to get back
to work. However, if you are currently receiving
worker’s compensation benefits, taking a vacation is associated with several risks.
The following are several workers’ compensation items to consider
when planning a vacation:
Don’t miss or reschedule medical appointments – In order to receive benefits, you must make all scheduled appointments
with doctors, therapists, or any other health care providers. If you go
on vacation for an extended period and miss an appointment or ask your
doctor to change your appointment date, you could lose your benefits.
Workers’ comp case manager could view missing a doctor’s appointment
or canceling of an existing appointment as a failure to comply with medical
treatment. If you are taking a short vacation and you are not at risk
of missing or rescheduling appointments, you shouldn’t have to worry.
Follow the doctor’s orders – You are required to adhere to the doctor’s restrictions while
recovering from injury. However, vacations are often filled with physical
obstacles that could result in re-injury, whether it’s surfing huge
waves or sitting down for hours on the airplane. As long as you are not
bedridden and follow the doctor’s restrictions, you won’t
lose your benefits.
Insurers are always watching – From recording videos to scouring through various social media
platforms, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to conduct surveillance
on employees who filed workers’ comp claims. If you are seen or
found performing activities which cannot be done due to injury or otherwise
disobey orders, the result could be losing your benefits.
Be careful of what you post on social media – Since social media has become an important part of our daily lives,
most people often post and share pictures of their vacation online for
friends and family to see. However, those receiving workers’ comp
benefits need to be wary of what they share online. If there are any photographs
or videos which show you participating in a restricted activity, this
evidence can be used against you.
If you are interested in taking a vacation, our New York City workers’
compensation attorneys at
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP can assess your plans and answer any question you have about your vacation
and your workers’ compensation claim. For more information,
contact us and schedule a free consultation today.