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September 2014 Archives

OSHA investigated fatally injured worker claim

A California employer that is responsible for the training or care of wild animals may run the risk of experiencing an injured worker claim. In the event a worker suffers a tragic accident, an employer may seek help to prevent unnecessary expenditures in the event of an injured worker claim. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently began an investigation to determine what may have happened when an elephant caretaker was crushed to death.

Employer defense may help during an investigation

An employer defense may have the potential to ease consequences in the event an employer is accused of dishonest practices. A recent report revealed the high number of businesses in California and across the nation that have intentionally labeled employees as independent contractors to intentionally avoid higher costs. Lawmakers in Washington have announced their plan to expose companies that mislabel the classification of their employees in an attempt to financially benefit. A business owner may prepare an employer defense if they suspect they may be investigated.

Brad Culpepper accused of fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Suspecting a former employee of fraudulent workers' compensation claims can be difficult for an organization as they decide what their first steps should be. An insurance provider contracted by the NFL recently made the claim that Brad Culpepper is guilty of fraudulent workers' compensation claims, including lying. The agency made the decision to pursue legal action against the claimant after he was involved in potentially suspicious physical activities.

Workers' compensation defense may be needed for Benzene exposure

Workers' compensation defense may be necessary for some California companies that foresee a future risk of serious health related problems among multiple employees. The medical costs of multiple workers that suffer health damage from chemical exposure may be extensive for an employer, making a strong workers' compensation defense valuable. The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety recently completed a study that found high levels of Benzene exposure in specific oil and gas industry positions.

OSHA to change injured worker claim regulations

An injured worker claim can include specific details regarding an incident and may reveal safety hazards in a California workplace. This may place an employer in a position where they must protect their business from potential repercussions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently made changes to regulations that require employers to report certain information, including when an injured worker claim involved the death or hospitalization of an employee.

Man accused of $50 million worth of workers' compensation fraud

A business owner may find themselves in a difficult situation if they are accused of workers' compensation fraud by the government or an insurance company. A California chiropractor was recently prosecuted for his potential involvement in one of the state's largest ever workers' compensation fraud cases to date. The man is accused of being the ringleader of a group responsible for funneling $50 million dollars worth of insurance benefits from insurance providers and the state.

California contractor caught working with lack of insurance

Statistics show that many contractors with a lack of insurance in the state of California may be providing services to customers. Allowing employees to perform work duties without workers' comp coverage can place a business owner at risk of being discovered. In a recent surprise investigation, the California Contractors State License Board uncovered local contractors working with a lack of insurance and without licensure.

California contractors with a lack of insurance

A report revealed that in the recent past, one sixth of all construction employees in California were misclassified or not reported to potentially avoid insurance and fair pay. This can place employers and their workers in a difficult situation if they experience an injury while at a job site, and there is a lack of insurance. As the economy recovers, California continues to grow its construction industry with a need for contractors.

When a claim becomes workers' compensation fraud

Experts agree that the rate of workers' compensation fraud continues to increase in California. The rise is seen in both contended claims and the amount of injuries that are filed. An employer that suspects an accident or injury has been claimed in an attempt to commit workers' compensation fraud may research the best possible method for investigating the situation.

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