There is no question that employees who suffer serious and incapacitating work injuries will need financial support to help make ends meet while they heal. Fortunately, these employees are legally entitled to such financial support via their employers' workers' compensation insurance.
In a previous workers' compensation defense post, we reported on how a Laguna Hills couple was facing a multitude of criminal charges for orchestrating what the Orange County District Attorney's Office called one of the largest work comp fraud schemes in California history.
Under California law, there can be no uninsured employers, meaning all employers are legally obligated to provide their employees with workers' compensation insurance coverage. In addition, employers must submit payroll records - including both an accurate number of employees and their respective incomes - to both their workers' compensation insurance company and the Employment Development Department (EDD).
Those employees who suffer serious and debilitating injuries while on the job are legally entitled to monetary assistance through their employers' workers' compensation insurance. Unfortunately, there are some employees who seek to take advantage of this equitable system, often misrepresenting the extent of their work injuries or lying about how their injuries occurred. However, it appears that state officials have recognized the gravity of the work comp fraud/employee fraud problem in the state and are now taking affirmative steps to help solve it.