The holidays are here. Time to start planning for your activities. If you're out on a work-related injury, you need to pay close attention to those holiday plans. You might not realize this, but the plans you make for the holidays could have an effect on your workers compensation claim. However, collecting workers compensation shouldn't prevent you from enjoying the holidays with family and friends. It just means that you need to take extra efforts to protect yourself, and your workers compensation claim. Here are four tips that will help you to avoid problems during the holidays. 

Maintain Contact With Your Attorney

If you plan to go out of town during the holidays, be sure to maintain contact with your workers compensation lawyer. You'll want to let them know where you plan to go, and what you plan to do while you're away. Maintaining contact with your attorney will allow them to give you any last-minute instructions you may need. It also helps you to avoid conflict with any of the plans you might be making. 

Carry a Copy of Your Restrictions

If you're collecting workers compensation due to a work-related injury, your doctor has probably given you a list of restrictions that you're expected to follow. Those restrictions include activities that you're not allowed to participate in, such as heavy lifting, bending, or being on your feet for too long. If you're going out of town for the holidays, carry a copy of those restrictions with you at all times. They'll serve as a reminder, which will help you avoid activities that you're restricted from. 

Don't Participate in Risky Events

If your family and friends are planning activities that you shouldn't participate in, find alternative activities for yourself. If there are activities that are borderline questionable, it's best to err on the side of caution. There could be investigators following you to document your activities. Participation in questionable activities could put your workers compensation claim in jeopardy. As a matter of caution, it's a good idea to keep a journal about your holiday activities. That way, you can document everything you did while you were out of town. 

Beware of Social Media Posts

If you're going to be spending time with family and friends during the holidays, and you want to protect your workers compensation claim, beware of making any social media posts. Pictures from your holiday activities might be innocent enough, but in the wrong hands, they can be used to discredit your workers compensation claim. To avoid problems with your case, avoid any type of social media posts that pertain to your holiday activities.

For more information on workers compensation law, contact a lawyer near you.