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Teacher accused of workers' compensation fraud after fight

Employers in California and all other states have the right to fight against fraud in the workplace. Workers' compensation fraud can cause employers to suffer financial strain through increased premiums, as well as impede production and business success. Lying about an injury is a common form of employment fraud that can be challenging for employers to combat. Often, aggressive investigation and litigation skills are necessary to obtain successful results in court.

A recent incident made the news when a teacher in another state was arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud after a physical altercation with a student. The 61-year-old instructor was arrested by detectives on the job at a juvenile detention center. Supposedly, the man had filed a workers' comp claim after a reported fight with a 17-year-old student at the facility.

In his claim, the man had stated that the boy had started the fight by striking him in his lip and jaw. However, there seems to be video surveillance film that shows the teacher starting the fight by assaulting the student. The  teen and other witnesses substantiated what is shown on the video.

The teacher apparently did not suffer any physical injuries at all in the incident. After he filed the work injury claim, he collected at least $1,000 in benefits from The Office of Education. Any California employer who suspects workers' compensation fraud is occurring in the workplace may implore help from an attorney. Typically, an employer will want to contact a lawyer who has successfully represented other employers in similar situations.

Source: dailynews.com, "LA County teacher charged with workers' comp fraud, child abuse", June 7, 2016

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