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Brad Culpepper talks about workers' compensation fraud

California readers may be aware of the lawsuit facing former NFL player Brad Culpepper. The football veteran spent nine years playing in the NFL, but he claimed that injuries he sustained in his capacity as a football player left him partially disabled. He is currently being sued for workers' compensation fraud, and he recently spoke to the media concerning accusations that he bilked an insurance company out of $175,000.

Surveillance can stop fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Most people tend to be honest most of the time in their personal lives and in their work. However, there are some people who decide to be less than truthful when it comes to workplace injuries in California and other states. Some workers may even decide to commit employee fraud when filing fraudulent workers' compensation claims. Such acts can be financially detrimental to employers.

Compliance with safety rules may not stop injured worker claim

California employers need to ensure that safety standards at the workplace are maintained. Not only can this help to reduce the chances of facing an injured worker claim, but it can also help avoid costly penalties levied by work safety authorities. This is particularly important in the construction industry because the chance of serious injuries are higher due to the nature of the work than in other types of work environments.

Walmart succesful in challenging injured worker claim

When a worker is injured on the job, he or she may be able to obtain benefits via workers' compensation insurance. This can be costly for an employer, although it is also possible for employers in California and other states to challenge an injured worker claim. Walmart successfully did this four years ago in one particular case. However, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is now looking to make it more difficult for the company to apply the same employer defense strategy for similar cases in the future.

Fatal accident can result in injured worker claim

It is important for California employers to always adhere to work safety rules and regulations. This can help to avoid unnecessary accidents at the workplace which can result in serious injuries or even death. Work safety officials, along with local police, are investigating a recent workplace accident in a neighboring state to determine if any safety violations occurred. The accident may also result in an injured worker claim under that state's workers' compensation insurance program.

Social media makes proving employee fraud easier

When a California worker is injured on the job, he or she may have the option of filing for benefits via workers' compensation insurance. Although most people are honest, there are some who may be looking to take advantage of the system and defraud employers. With the popularity of social media, it is now easier to detect employee fraud.

Contractor will need employer defense strategy after accident

Maintaining a safe workplace environment is of utmost importance for employers. Not only will this help avoid workplace injuries, it will also help to prevent legal problems from employee lawsuits in California or in any other state. One employer is now facing a lawsuit filed by a former employee who was hurt while on the job. The employer will now be looking to implement an effective employer defense strategy.

Following new OSHA rules may not prevent injured worker claim

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in charge of implementing and enforcing work safety laws and regulations. The federal agency is also in charge of creating rules and regulations regarding reports of workplace injuries in California as well as every other state, regardless of whether there is an injured worker claim filed. Maintaining proper adherence to the new rules may help an employer avoid charges of work safety violations.

Red flags for fraudulent workers' compensation claims

California company owners are sometimes victims of employees who falsely claim compensation for work-related injuries or illnesses that are not work-related or never occurred, or injuries that are exaggerated. In an attempt to reduce such incidents, it may be beneficial for employers to educate their workers about the adverse effect that fraudulent workers' compensation claims can have on each individual. Suspicion of fraudulent claims may result in all other claims to be perceived as false.

Postal worker guilty of employee fraud after false injury claim

The Office of the Inspector General recently said that fraudulent medical-related claims in the U.S. Postal Service forms part of an increasing number of fraud cases in California and elsewhere. A worker was recently found guilty of making false statements in order to obtain benefits. This followed a case of a postal worker who committed employee fraud over a period of seven years.

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