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California employers can fight workers' compensation fraud

Misrepresenting an injury that one claims took place on the job is illegal. Many California employers are forced to deal with workers' compensation fraud in the workplace. Workers who defraud the system can ultimately cause employers to suffer financially through increased premiums and additional expenses.

False injury claims and other forms of workers' comp fraud remain problematic in many businesses throughout the United States. It is believed that the state incurs costs between $1 billion and $3 billion every year due to such incidents. In an effort to reduce these instances of fraud, the governor recently signed a bill into law.

The new law allows insurance companies to publish on their websites the names of people convicted for workers' compensation fraud. The person's full identity may be disclosed, in addition to any pertinent court information related to the case. The published information may remain posted for up to five years, or unless the defendant provides written evidence that a conviction has been reversed or criminal record expunged.

Any California employer who suspects an employee of workers' compensation fraud may request assistance from an attorney in order to further investigate the matter. If evidence of fraud exists, the lawyer will know how best to address the situation in court. Many times, those who file false claims end up doing time in prison as well as being made to pay restitution for the benefits they unlawfully collected. Most employers try very hard to prevent fraud in the workplace, but may professional help should any prevention measures fail.

Source: insurance.ca.gov, "Workers' Compensation Fraud Convictions", Dave Jones, Accessed on June 28, 2016

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