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Workers' compensation fraud can go both ways

In California or any other state, willfully misrepresenting the details of a workplace injury is against the law. Classified as workers' compensation fraud, lying about a work injury is a serious matter that may be prosecuted in criminal court. On the other side of the fraud issue, however, it is also illegal for an employer to enter false data regarding payroll or employee classification.

Employers faced with employee fraud may be subjected to increased insurance premiums. Moreover, monies once available to offer higher wages to workers will be consumed by the process of fighting against the fraud. It is a no-win situation that can take a drastic toll on the bottom line. However, rectifying such situations is often possible. Typically, a first step in doing so often involves contacting a law office.

An experienced workers' compensation attorney is able to investigate a suspected false injury claim to determine whether evidence of fraud exists. If so, immediate action may be taken to hold a fraudulent employee accountable in court. Many people found guilty of workplace fraud end up spending time behind bars, in addition to being made to pay back any compensation benefits collected without proper eligibility.

California employers are strongly encouraged to immediately report suspicious claims to the appropriate authorities. Remaining alert and fully aware of employees' actions, and substantiating any claims filed are proactive steps that can help prevent workers' compensation fraud. Acting alongside experienced representation may help those facing such issues achieve swift and just solutions to their workplace problems.

Source: lwd.dol.state.nj.us, "Department of Labor and Workforce Development", Accessed on Sept. 16, 2016

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