YES. A workers comp tap your phone might hire a private investigator, and the duty of this private investigator is to help companies find out when a particular worker is committing workers compensation fraud.
A private investigator may use a variety of tools to help monitor allegedly injured employees. They may follow a target during his or her time off and when he or she is supposed to be receiving medical treatment. He or she may take photographs or video of these activities, especially when the activities do not correspond with the reported injuries. Surveillance may be used even if the benefits have been paid or when the benefits have been denied in an attempt to help the employer’s case. Surveillance is one of the most common methods that private investigators use to record incriminating evidence against the employee.
Surveillance may be conducted by one or more private investigators using sophisticated cameras and video equipment while tracking the movements of the target. Other ways that private investigators track the employee’s movements and monitor the employee include calling the employee at his or her residence under false pretenses or by talking to an employee’s neighbors about other jobs or activities.
Another way that private investigators may monitor employees who have filed workers’ compensation claims is by tracking their internet activity. Social media websites may show supposedly injured employees who are skiing, white water rafting and participating in other high-energy activities after asking for thousands of dollars in benefits for a work-related injury. Individuals who are concerned that a private investigator may be following them for this reason are often advised by legal counsel and their own private investigator not to post any type of picture or comment that may be misinterpreted.
In some instances, employers may provide employees with cell phones. If this is the case, the employer may have stated that employee cell phones may be monitored. Private investigators may have spyware installed on these phones in order to monitor an employee’s movements and activities. The private investigator would make videos and take photographs of this worker, especially when the activity doesn’t relate to their injuries.
Even after paying a worker’s compensation benefit, surveillance is essential even if the employers denied the claim. Monitoring is a popular method private investigators make use of when gathering criminal evidence against a worker. The use of sophisticated video equipment and cameras when carrying out surveillance is essential. Apart from tapping an individual phone, a private investigator can adopt another method like using a fake pretense to speak with the worker at their home or conversing with their neighbor.