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Protecting the bottom line against workers' compensation fraud

If a California employer suspects a worker of attempting to defraud the system with regard to a work-related injury or illness, there are several options available to address the situation. Workers' compensation fraud is a problem that can impact productivity and profitability in the workplace. An employer's bottom line may be at risk for various reasons, including being forced to pay increased insurance premiums as a result of such incidents.

Employers often take steps to prevent employee fraud, such as monitoring workers on the job, keeping thorough and careful records and immediately seeking witnesses to any reported accident or injury. In spite of employer efforts, many businesses still face issues involving false injury claims or other misrepresented situations where workers are collecting compensation benefits to which they are not entitled. In fact, Sacks & Zolonz, LLP has successfully represented many business owners confronting these circumstances.

Among the most common issues addressed regarding fraudulent claims are those involving workers who have claimed benefits for injuries that actually occurred outside the scope of employment. There have also been many cases where employees have been caught working in paid employment positions while continuing to collect benefits after claiming they were unable to work. When evidence of fraud exists, employers have every right to take action.

In California and beyond, many workers have attempted to bilk the system out of thousands of dollars through workers' compensation fraud. Successfully contested claims often leads to court-ordered restitution that must be paid by those who have committed such acts. Any employer with questions regarding how best to defend a business against fraudulent injury claims may seek answers by contacting a workers' compensation lawyer to discuss the issue.

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