You were injured on the job and now you are receiving workers’ compensation
benefits as you take time to recover before resuming your job duties.
Thus far, this all seems rather straightforward, but what if you decide
that you would like to take time to go on vacation? Many injured workers
are often concerned about the effect going on a vacation can potentially
have on their ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits
and it is certainly a valid fear, given the great lengths insurance companies
go to argue that such claims are invalid.
Your Medical Treatment
Part of the recovery process involves regularly seeing a doctor or receiving
continued treatment of some sort from a physical therapist, orthopedic
surgeon, or another medical specialist. It is imperative that you attend
every medical appointment. If you end up missing an appointment or having
to reschedule it, it might be perceived as a failure to comply with medical
treatment by your case manager. Unfortunately, if you end up going on
a long vacation, you will likely end up missing one or more appointments,
which could lead to the loss of your workers’ compensation benefits.
No vacation is worth that gamble.
If the trip you are planning is short and will not interfere with your
doctor appointments, it is possible that you will be fine, but there are
still some pitfalls to look out for.
Always Under Watch
It is also important for you to be aware of the fact that you are likely
going to be watched by an investigator hired by your employer’s
workers’ compensation insurance company. Their job is to be on the
lookout for anything you do that could damage your claim and result in
the loss of your benefits. If you engage in any activities that go against
your doctor’s restrictions or are inconsistent with the limitations
of your injury, this will irreparably harm your ability to continue to
receive these benefits.
While on vacation, however, you might be tempted to do things that go against
your medical restrictions. It can be hard to deal with feeling left out,
especially on a trip with your family or close friends, but too much is
at stake, so if you do not think you can hold back from participating,
it might be wise to hold off on a vacation altogether until you are fully
recovered. Even if an investigator is not watching your every move, chances
are pictures will be taken of your trip and these can inevitably find
their way onto social media, where an investigator can easily snoop around
Ultimately, while no one is preventing you from going on a vacation, it
is always best to err on the side of caution to avoid losing your workers’
compensation benefits. It can be hard to put life on hold while you are
recovering from an injury, but it can be even worse if you are enduring
it without these important benefits.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Pennsylvania
If you were injured while at your place of work and you are now pursuing
workers’ compensation benefits, you need to seek the skilled legal assistance of a workers’
compensation attorney to ensure you receive these crucial benefits. It
is not uncommon for employers and the insurance companies that represent
them to push back and avoid having to provide injured workers with the
benefits to which they are entitled, which is why hiring an attorney is
critical. At Metzger Wickersham, our workers’ compensation attorneys
will fight on your behalf to ensure your claim is taken care of, so you
are able to focus your attention on recovering.
Get started on your case today and
contact us at (888) 286-2850 to request your free initial case evaluation with
one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys.