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California chiropractor accused of workers' compensation fraud

California employers are obligated to provide insurance to workers through which they can claim benefits to help pay medical bills and replace lost wages when injured on the job. Employers have the right to protect themselves against workers' compensation fraud. This type of fraud can adversely affect business success in a variety of ways, such as when it results in increased insurance premiums for which employers must bear the costs.

When a third party conducts illicit workers' compensation fraud schemes that involve personal financial gain, the situation can trickle back to an employer who ends up having to pay higher premiums. A recent situation involved a chiropractor in the area who is known for providing care to employees injured in the workplace. However, he has been accused of paying other people $100 every time they "recruit" an injured worker to come to him for services. Allegations of unnecessary surgeries and substandard treatment have been made against him and other medical professionals.

The chiropractor is among at least 100 other medical providers facing criminal charges for workers' compensation fraud in the state. These types of incidents can cause substantial financial losses for employers who are hit with higher insurance costs further down the line. Employers who wish to protect themselves from compensation fraud can do so in a variety of ways.

California employers are advised to seek experienced legal guidance in matters relating to workers' compensation fraud. Such situations often involve several entities and can quickly become complicated. By consulting with an attorney who is experienced in defending employers against all types of fraud, a business owner can gain a better understanding of the laws that govern such situations and make informed decisions that protect bottom line interests.

Source:, "Fraud accusations grow in California's embattled workers' comp system", Christina Jewett, June 1, 2016

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