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Can Workers' Comp Tap Your Phone?

Warning about private investigators and some easy ways to protect yourself from the prying eyes of insurance companies.

Private investigators are routinely hired to conduct video surveillance, perform activity checks, and review social media posts of individuals who are claiming workers’ comp. Insurance companies want to find some proof that a claim is not 100% legitimate. Evidence obtained is often taken out of context and used to dispute medical and/or wage loss benefits. We often get questions from clients like can private investigators hired by Michigan workers’ comp insurance companies tap your phone? What about following you around town? Here are some ways to protect yourself from prying eyes.

How far will an insurance company go to investigate an individual? We have seen private investigators follow people into medical appointments, install GPS trackers on their cars, take photographs/movies through windows, lie to neighbors to get personal information about activities, and even impersonate others during telephone calls. But and private investiagators hired by Michigan workers’ comp insurance companies tap your phone? This sounds like a silly question, but it calls for a serious answer.

Can workers’ comp tap your phone in Michigan?

Though private investigators hired by Michigan workers’ comp insurance companies can tap your phone it is important to know that illegally obtained evidence can be challenged in court. Wiretapping involves state and federal laws that go way beyond the scope of workers’ comp. Legal or not, a person should assume they are under surveillance.

Insurance companies hire private investigators to follow individuals on workers’ comp. They are looking for anything that can be used to dispute a claim. We strongly recommend contacting an experienced attorney should a private investigator do something illegal. Never take matters into your own hands!

What about following a person on workers’ comp?

Though private investigators who are hired by Michigan workers’ comp insurance companies may not tap your phone it is important to know that they can routinely follow you. The reason is to discredit people and stop payment of work injury benefits. Video surveillance is used to record activities and it is legal. It is often taken out-of-content and presented as evidence that a person is a liar.

We tell our clients to go on with their lives but just be careful. Don’t perform any activities that would be inconsistent with restrictions from a doctor. Make sure blinds and garage doors are shut. Never confront a private investigator directly but call the police should they trespass or do some other illegal activity.

How about reviewing posts on social media?

We have seen claims adjusters make decisions about paying workers’ comp based upon social media posts. It is a good idea to shut down any social media accounts until after a claim has been resolved. Evidence obtained can be used against you in court.

Never accept friend requests or messages from people you do not know. Make sure all privacy settings on social media are locked down. Don’t post about vacations, family events, or any other item that could be used against you. Never give information to anyone unless you can verify their identify and intentions.

Have questions Michigan workers’ comp surveillance and them tapping your phone? Call our attorneys now

If you suffered an injury at work in Michigan and have questions about your workers’ comp claim or have questions about illegal surveillance like your phone being tapped, call now or fill out our contact form for a free consultation. There is absolutely no cost or obligation. Our attorneys are here for you.

Our attorneys have been exclusively helping injured workers in Michigan for more than 35 years. Our attorneys can help you better understand Michigan work injury laws and what happens after someone has been hurt on the job. To see what our own clients have to say about the caring, compassion, and communication they received from us, you can read in their own words about their experience here on our testimonials page from clients we have helped.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

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Jeffrey E. Kaufman
Michigan Workers Comp Attorney

Jeffrey E. Kaufman has extensive experience in workers compensation cases and has recovered millions of dollars in benefits for his clients. He believes all injured workers deserve to be on equal footing with insurance companies and employers, and fights tenaciously so their rights are secured and protected.


“Jeff also helped me with getting my Blue Cross bills paid. I would absolutely recommend him and the whole firm. Jeff and the firm did everything they were supposed to do for me and my case.”
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