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Drones Currently Impractical to Uncover Workers' Compensation Fraud, Investigators Say

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)

Friday, August 18, 2017 | 563 | 0 | 0 min read

Drones were predicted years ago to become a key tool in the fight against workers’ compensation fraud, but strict federal regulations and privacy concerns have all but halted their use, investigators say. Employers and their workers’ compensation carriers generally have the right to conduct workplace surveillance with hidden cameras or those in plain sight. But drones, or UAS (unmanned aircraft systems), aren't practical for fighting workers’ compensation fraud by surveilling workers who might be feigning or exaggerating their injuries, said Tim Wilcox, chief executive o...

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