Last Updated: 3/13/2024

Insurance companies often employ investigators to monitor injured workers, hoping to catch them in activities that could hurt their case. Understanding surveillance's potential impact is crucial for anyone navigating a workers' comp claim.

When Does Surveillance Occur?

Surveillance typically happens when a worker is out of work with a serious injury. Investigators may stake out the injured worker's home or follow them to medical appointments, looking for evidence that goes against their reported injuries. Being aware of unusual vehicles in the neighborhood or near medical facilities can signal potential surveillance.

How Can Surveillance Affect Your Case?

Even honest injured workers can be negatively impacted by surveillance. Activities captured on video may be taken out of context, leading to doubts about the severity of injuries or if they are following medical restrictions. This could result in a reduction of benefits or outright denial of the claim by insurance companies.

Dealing with Surveillance

Honesty with medical providers is crucial, as is strictly following prescribed limitations. If unsure if an activity is allowed, consult with a medical professional first. Additionally, notifying authorities about suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, such as unknown vehicles, may deter surveillance efforts.

Understanding Insurance Company Tactics

Insurance companies commonly use surveillance to gather evidence against the injured worker. They may edit videos or use social media posts out of context to dispute the severity of injuries. Legal counsel can help protect workers' rights and provide guidance on handling surveillance tactics.


Navigating a workers' compensation claim in Iowa requires awareness of surveillance practices and their potential impact. By staying truthful with medical providers, following restrictions, and seeking legal counsel, workers can protect their rights. Our Iowa Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Walker, Billingsley & Bair practice primarily in workers’ compensation law and are dedicated to giving your case the personal attention that it needs. If you would like immediate assistance, just call us at 641-792-3595.

If you are not ready to speak with an attorney yet, then you should at least request a copy of our book about Iowa work injuries which is available to you at no cost, risk, or obligation. The book is called “Iowa Workers’ Compensation- An Insider’s Guide to Work Injuries” which includes 7 Deadly Mistakes to Avoid if You are Hurt at Work. To order your copy click here or Call Now at 641-792-3595.

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