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Category Archive: Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Surveillance Not Uncommon in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Private investigators and hidden camera surveillance might seem like the stuff of suspenseful TV shows. But getting “caught” on camera can be a concern in a workers’ compensation case. In fact, it’s much more common than you might think. A worker gets hurt at work and sees a doctor. The doctor gives the worker restrictions…

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The Financial Toll of a Workplace Injury

More on how workers’ compensation in America is broken and driving people into poverty, this time from The Washington Post. Getting hurt on the job is especially financially crippling for low-wage workers and Latinos, who have “disproportionately high injury rates,” and when they are hurt those ” injuries can slice 15 percent off a person’s…

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Industrial Commission files criminal charges against 5 businesses without workers’ comp insurance

A News & Observer investigation last year revealed that as many as 30,000 North Carolina businesses don’t have workers’ compensation insurance, which is required by state law, to protect their employees who are hurt on the job. The N.C. Industrial Commission this week filed the first criminal charges against five Guilford County employers who have…

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Workers’ comp fraud? The truth about “questionable claims”

If you believe the insurance industry, the number of so-called “questionable workers’ compensation claims” is up 7 percent from a year ago and 38 percent from 2011, while the total number of workers’ comp claims has decreased. A new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau claims more people are faking workplace injuries, lying about…

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Misclassifying employees to avoid workers’ compensation is fraud

One of the most rampant kinds of workers’ compensation fraud involves employers misclassifying workers as independent contractors so they can avoid carrying workers’ compensation insurance for those employees. The Salt Lake Tribute reported on a spike in the number of independent contractors with one employer in Utah, which officials say is a sure sign that…

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California security firm created shell company to avoid workers’ compensation

In what may be one of the most egregious cases of workers’ compensation fraud, a California employer created a shell company to avoid workers’ compensation premiums for his 1,500 workers. Last week, Ousama Karawia, the owner of International Protective Services Inc., and two company vice presidents pleaded not guilty to charges that they defrauded the…

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Will economy lead to more employer workers’ comp fraud?

A story out of California has us wondering if the state of the economy and the financial difficulties  that many businesses are going through will lead to more workers compensation fraud by employers? Workers’ compensation fraud is most commonly perpetrated by employees — not by injured workers, as is the common perception. Two common tactics…

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Employers and Insurers Responsible for Most Workers’ Comp Fraud

Interesting YouTube discussion involving Leonard Jernigan, Jr., a fellow workers’ compensation attorney in North Carolina and chairman of the fraud task force of the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG). The next time someone tells you they think most people who are collecting workers’ compensation are cheating the system, direct them to this video….

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The Real Facts On Workers’ Compensation Fraud

As an attorney who represents injured workers, I get so upset by the widespread public perception that most people who are collecting workers’ compensation are “faking it” and somehow defrauding the system. I know that’s simply not true. The overwhelming majority of people who apply for workers’ compensation benefits are injured and unable to work…

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New York Contractors Charged in Workers’ Comp Fraud

Honest workers can sometimes fall prey to dishonest bosses trying to cheat the workers’ compensation system, leaving employees vulnerable and without benefits when they’re injured on the job. That’s what’s happening in New York, where some people working as contractors were charged with cheating the system byforging workers’ compensation insurance benefits. At the same time,…

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