Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in order to support and protect their employees in case of injury or illness that occurs on the job. Some do this with official policy or as part of their regular business insurance. Others set aside an account in order to self insure against whatever might happen. In most cases, employees don’t file a claim unless they are actually hurt on the job, but there are exceptions. Some employees get hurt, but the injury isn’t a result of what they do at work. Others might take a very minor injury and attempt to make it look as if it causes them more pain and suffering than it actually does in order to get a worker’s compensation settlement, which is more than what they deserve. Like other forms of insurance, the more it is utilized, the more premiums rise. For a small business that operates on a tight budget, this can seriously impact their ability to expand. In many cases, it can mean the difference between staying in operation or not.
With so much at stake, it’s wise for businesses of all sizes to have a workers compensation lawyer on their radar so that they are ready to present their side of a workers’ compensation claim. In Southern California, Attorney Zachary H. Sacks is an excellent choice. Sacks has been named to Best Lawyers in American 2017 in the field of Workers’ Compensation-Employers. Both Sacks and his firm, Sacks & Zolonz, LLP, have recently received high honors from U.S. News and Best Lawyers that named the firm as a Best Law Firm in the field of Workers’ Compensation-Employers. Both of these lists are highly respected in the legal community, as well as the general public.
Telltale Signs of Fraud
If an employee is trying to file a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim, they often leave clues behind that tells an employer to buckle down on their workers’ compensation defense. For example, they might file their report on a Monday morning, they may be inconsistent with their descriptions of the injury, may dodge treatment, and don’t have proper witnesses for the incident or incidents that caused the so-called injury. They may also have a history of filing other insurance claims with other employers. Zachary H. Sacks and his firm have experience recognizing these signs of fraud and have successfully brought many of these cases to light, saving money for his business clients, and helping them to stay strong.
There are many potentially strong defenses that an employer can use to fight back against a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. Not giving proper notice for injuries, waiting too long to file a claim, inflicting their own injuries, acting negligently in cooperating with the treatment of injuries, or an inconclusive cause of the injury. An attorney like Zachary H. Sacks will make sure the case is fully investigated and present the most appropriate defense strategies for the case. If you’re fighting a false or exaggerated claim, working with Zachary H. Sacks can help you set up a great defense, and increase the likelihood that your business will pull through without injuries of its own.