Summer is finally here. If you're like most people, you probably head out of town for vacation at least once. If you're collecting workers compensation right now, you need to consider making some changes to your summer plans. There are things you simply can't do, especially if you don't want to jeopardize your claim. Here are some simple tips that will allow you to enjoy the summer, without jeopardizing your workers compensation claim.
1. Take a Staycation
If you normally plan vacations to exotic locations, and fill your days with exciting adventures, take a staycation instead. You can't afford to participate in normal summer activities, especially while you have an active workers compensation claim. Instead, turn your home into a vacation get-away. Spend your day lounging in the yard, having barbecues, and participating in other activities that fit into your medical restrictions. The closer you stay to home, the safer your workers compensation claim will be.
2. Don't Plan on Privacy
If the idea of staying home for your vacation doesn't sound appealing, and you decide to head somewhere you can have some privacy for your vacation – such as camping in the mountains – know that you might not have much privacy. Insurance companies have been known to send private investigators out to monitor individuals who are collecting workers compensation. Unfortunately, that means that the trailer next to you could contain someone who's taking pictures of you,
3. Have Someone Help With the Heavy Lifting
If you are going to head to the mountains – or the beach – for vacation this summer, have someone come along to help with the heavy lifting. Let them do all the activities that your current medical restrictions won't allow you to do. If you have a hard time remembering what your restrictions are, keep a copy of them on you at all times. That way, you don't accidentally do something that could come back to cause you problems later. You don't want to lose your benefits because you got caught carrying an ice chest from the car.
4. Keep Your Attorney in the Loop
If you do decide to head out of town on an actual vacation this summer, keep your attorney in the loop. Let them know where you're going, how long you'll be gone, and what your plans are for while you're there. That way, your attorney isn't caught off guard when the insurance company calls to ask if they know what you're doing, and then provides details of your current activities. When you keep your attorney in the loop, they'll already know what you're doing.
For more information, contact a professional such as Bennett Law Firm PC.