The Judiciary Committee of the Colorado Senate will take up a bill tomorrow aimed at curbing alleged abuse in surveillance of workers comp claimants. The bill — H.B. 10-1012 — already has passed the House and is now working it’s way through the other chamber.
The original bill contained several onerous provisions that would have had a chilling effect on using surveillance. They are mostly gone.
One provision remaining, however, is disturbing. It would require anyone conducting surveillance to reveal their operation if asked by a claimant.
On the surface, this sounds like an innocuous provision. But investigation firms, insurers and employers fear the requirement could put investigators at risk. This requirement sets up potential confrontations that can lead to injury or worse. There already are incidents where investigators have been threatened, attacked, beaten and shot by confrontational claimants.
I’m at a loss at what benefit this requirement would bring, other than to punish fraud fighters for doing their job. Let’s hope legislators in Colorado strike this awful provision.
Update: The hearing scheduled this week was not held because of a snowstorm that hit Colorado. No word yet on when it might be rescheduled.