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February 2013 Archives

Are state lawmakers looking to limit the ability of out-of-state athletes to file work comp claims?

Nearly 100 years ago, the state of California established its workers' compensation system in an attempt to provide much-needed support to those who suffered serious work injuries. While the system has, of course, undergone a major transformation since the early 1900s -- evolving into a $12 billion industry -- it's underlying principle has remained the same: any person employed in California for any period of time may seek benefits to cover their medical expenses and work-related disabilities.

All eyes on Sacramento as deadline to introduce work comp related bills only hours away

The California State Assembly and State Senate made history last year when they passed Senate Bill 863 on the last day of the legislative session. The bill marked the first time since 2004 that state lawmakers choose to initiate a massive overhaul of the state's billion dollar work comp system.

Are employers paying $1 billion a week in work comp costs?

Every day, hundreds of thousands of employers here in California and across the United States lose significant amounts of money because of serious workplace injuries. But how much money are they losing exactly? Believe it or not, it can sometimes be difficult to find comprehensive statistics reflecting the true costs of these workplace injuries.

Musculoskeletal injuries and the value of employee stretching programs

No matter the size of their operations or the sector in which they operate, most employers are well versed on the consequences of serious work injuries. For instance, most know that if they lose an employee for several months with some sort of injury, they will see both decreased production and increased costs (higher insurance premiums, training for replacements, etc.).

Work comp attorney who hired injured client for office work charged with fraud

When most of us envision workers' compensation fraud, we probably think of the office worker who fakes a knee sprain or the industrial worker who is dishonest about the extent/severity of their back injury. While this is arguably what happens the majority of the time, it's also important to realize that work comp fraud can sometimes be an altogether intricate endeavor involving multiple parties and complex planning.

Riverside County DA charges pool company owner with multiple counts of work comp fraud

Uninsured employers, meaning those who fail to carry the necessary amount of workers' compensation coverage in the state of California, face a multitude of penalties from steep fines and the loss of a professional license to possible incarceration.

Unexpected 'spotter' leaves weightlifter facing work comp fraud charges

There is an unfortunate perception among some employees that certain types of fraudulent conduct can be neatly classified as a "victimless crime." For example, some employees will either fake or exaggerate the extent of their injuries in order to collect work comp benefits. Such conduct is far from a victimless crime, however, as it can cost employers, insurers and taxpayers thousands of dollars.

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