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Man videotaped working on a car charged with work comp fraud

Back injuries can be serious, unpredictable ailments that can leave workers hobbled for months and even years. Because it can be difficult to assess the injury and provide a diagnosis and regimen for recovery, some employees may exploit the system for their own personal gain, since workers’ compensation is designed to provide medical coverage and benefits to employees who are actually injured while on the job. When fraud occurs, it can cost the system more money and leave employees who are genuinely injured in difficult positions.

Because of this, California prosecutors appear to be aggressively pursuing workers’ comp fraud cases. The charges against a San Jose man are a prime example of how unscrupulous employees are being held accountable. 

The man reportedly told doctors that he was in constant pain stemming from an injury sustained in 2010. He also told doctors that he could only lift less than 10 pounds while on the job. However, an investigation revealed that he was not telling the truth. In fact, he was videotaped doing manual automotive work that included lifting and carrying tires that weighed more than 50 pounds. He was even seen jumping on a tire iron in order to loosen a lug nut on a tire.

Aside from criminal prosecution, employers need reliable investigations and should be advised of their legal rights when employees commit workers’ comp fraud. A conversation with an experienced workers’ comp defense law firm could help in reducing exposure to undue workers’ comp payments and costly, troublesome civil lawsuits.

Source: “San Jose man charged with workers’ compensation insurance fraud,” April 21, 2014

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