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Former corrections officer suspect in fake injured worker claim

If an employee is filing for compensation benefits due to an injury, then that injury typically has to have occurred on the job. Saying that one was hurt in the workplace if that is not true, then collecting benefits, is illegal. In addition to any criminal charges that might be filed, a California employer has rights and can fight against a fraudulent injured worker claim in the workplace. It may be best to first discuss such situations with an experienced legal advocate.

A former correctional officer recently became suspect in just such a scheme. Apparently, the man was with his wife at a swingers' nightclub. At some point, there seems to have been an argument between him and his wife and two other patrons. During the altercation, a gun was reportedly fired. The former officer suffered bullet injuries and became paralyzed as a result of the gunshot wound.

Problems arose when he tried to file a workers' comp claim through his employer. He stated that the injury happened on the job. Authorities say that the man and his wife both lied under oath with regard to various basic details of the situation.

The potentially fraudulent injured worker claim was found out. The man and his wife (who had also filed a lien compensation claim because her husband needed someone to care for him full time) were reportedly found guilty of several different felonies. In California, skill and experience are two key characteristics people tend to look for when seeking an attorney, because someone who has successfully defended other clients may be the right person for the job.

Source: watchdog.org, "Think Before You Swing and Swindle", Larry Benson, June 10, 2016

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