Every hard-working employee in Oklahoma and throughout the country deserves a vacation from time to time. This also applies to individuals who have suffered injuries on-the-job.
But can an injured employee go on vacation while receiving workers’ compensation benefits? The answer is absolutely yes! Everyone is allowed to enjoy their lives, even if they are dealing with a workplace injury.
However, there are several factors to consider before embarking on your trip, which could jeopardize your workers’ compensation claim.
The following are three things to keep in mind to avoid losing your benefits while on vacation:
- Obey the doctor’s recommendations –From skydiving to surfing, there are many fun activities to participate in while on vacation. In order to heal from injury, there are certain things you can and cannot physically do, according to your doctor’s orders. If you happen to suffer an injury while performing a fun activity against your doctor’s recommendations, not only can you lose your workers’ comp benefits, but also sustain further injury that requires longer recovery time.
- Do not miss or reschedule any medical appointments – As part of your workers’ compensation claim, you are required to see a doctor, surgeon, physical therapist, specialist, or any other healthcare provider and keep your appointments with each one of them. If you go on vacation for a long time and miss an appointment, or attempt to reschedule it, you could lose your benefits. Missing or rescheduling an existing appointment is considered as failure to comply with medical treatment, thus resulting in the loss of your claim. Before you go on your trip, ensure you are not in danger of missing or rescheduling any doctor appointments.
- Remember, you are being watched – Insurance companies often hire investigators to keep tabs on injured workers, especially if they go on vacation. They will look for anything damaging can could cost you your claim, such as going against the doctor’s recommendations and participating in a potentially hazardous activity. Even if there are no investigators watching, you could still jeopardize your claim by posting photos or videos of your vacation on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Be careful with your actions and what you share on social media since they are always watching.
If you have suffered a workplace injury in Oklahoma, contact our Oklahoma City workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Dan Davis and request a free consultation today.