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Employers should watch out for employee fraud in California

It is good for employers to be vigilant in all aspects of their business. Not only does this include watching profit margins and costs, it also means being vigilant when it comes to workplace safety in California. This can help to avoid future workers' compensation claims. However, if an employee files for benefits, the employer should also be vigilant in detecting employee fraud.

This is what one employer may want to consider doing if an employee decides to file for benefits following a recent construction accident. The incident happened one afternoon in mid-March and resulted in one worker being transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment. The extent of the man's injuries have yet to be made public. The accident was reported to authorities at approximately 3:02 p.m.

First responders began clearing the scene at approximately 3:45 p.m. Apparently, the construction accident occurred at a job site being operated by Apple. However, it is not yet clear whether the injured worker was employed directly by Apple or was working for a contractor company which was hired by Apple. Details regarding exactly what happened and what caused the accident are also unknown.

On the other hand, no matter how the construction accident happened, the victim may still have the opportunity to obtain benefits via workers' compensation. However, the worker's benefits will be based upon the severity of his injury and the extent it prevents him from working and earning a living. Many times, workers exaggerate their injuries in California. It is typically in the employer's best financial interests to be watchful for possible employee fraud.

Source:, "1 person taken to hospital after accident at Apple construction", March 18, 2015

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