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December 2012 Archives

Update: California woman faces 10 counts of work comp fraud for feigning ankle injury

Whether they suffer a back injury while picking up a box, break their leg after falling off a ladder or develop a wrist injury after extensive data entry, injured employees here in California can turn to their workers' compensation insurer for the financial assistance they will need during their recovery.

WCIRB recommends no increase in work comp case rates

In recent workers' compensation defense news, the organization that advises California's Insurance Commissioner on workers' compensation base rates recently made a very interesting recommendation.

California hospital extends work injury coverage

Every workplace has its unique health risks. Whether it be a construction site, office complex, or classroom, the places in which Americans go to work each day are ridden with potentially dangerous situations and circumstances. When an injury does occur on the job, employers must be ready for a potential compensation claim.

Work comp benefits denied to prison guard injured while traveling to work a swapped shift - II

In our previous post, we examined a recent workers' compensation case before the California Court of Appeals, which examined whether an employee who suffered injuries in a car accident on his way to work a swapped shift is entitled to work comp benefits.

California compensation fraud investigations prosper

Newly released figures from the National Insurance Crime Bureau put annual worker's compensation fraud costs at $7.2 billion, or about 20 percent of all worker's compensation payments. With one out of every five dollars paid in compensation being consumed by employee fraud, and competition tougher than ever, businesses' bottom lines have no room for payouts to fabricated claims.

Work comp benefits denied to prison guard injured while traveling to work a swapped shift

A recent workers' compensation case before the California Court of Appeals explored a very interesting issue: whether an employee who suffered serious injuries in a car accident on his way to work a swapped shift is entitled to work comp benefits.

Former postal worker indicted on workers' compensation fraud

Crime doesn't pay and for those that try and cheat the system, eventually they are caught. In the case of a South Lake Tahoe, California, man his crime involved collecting workers' compensation benefits for more than 25 years before he was caught.

Filing fraudulent workers' compensation claims hurts employers

It's hard to fathom why anyone would take advantage of the workers' compensation system, but unfortunately it happens all of the time. As an employer, you do everything you can to provide employees with a safe and productive work environment. Cheating the system by falsifying a workers' compensation claim can cause an increase in premiums for employers as well as hurt those individuals that actually have a valid claim.

Sheriff bilks salary while fraudulently claiming health problems

When a person is injured or ill and it not capable of working, he or she may request time away from work so they can focus on gaining their health. During that time, some employers offer a form of short or long term disability so the employee can still collect a portion -- or in some cases 100% -- of their wages. While on medical leave it is expected that the worker is at home convalescing and not attempting to collect wages elsewhere.

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