August’s Pictures of the Month dates back to January of this year. As Investigators, we are trained to obtain as much VIDEO as possible when claimants are in public view. Experienced investigators make sure to also zero in on the particular body part(s) that are identified as being injured. This particular case involved a claimant complaining of right wrist pain, which she alleged to be industrially related. The key point to these photos are the time and date stamps. On January 28, 2015 the claimant had a 5:00 p.m., medical appointment to check up on the status of her right wrist.
In the first photo at 4:59 p.m., you can see the claimant wearing a right wrist brace, while walking into the doctor’s office.
The second still shot is of the claimant as she is walking into a grocery store at 3:53 p.m., not wearing a wrist brace. These photos bring into question this claimant’s need/reliance of the use of a brace, as well as the issue of secondary gain.