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False Workers’ Compensation Claims

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Being injured while on the job can be very frustrating – aside from enduring an injury, being away from work for a long period of time can cause financial strains to you and your family. One way that employers help their employees during these cases are through worker’s compensation. Worker’s comp is a law that helps protect both the employers and the employees once an injury has occurred during working hours, dismissing the need to go to court.

Worker’s compensation can provide two-thirds of the employee’s monthly salary during the disability, and this compensation can increase if the disability becomes permanent (or if the employee has dependents). This compensation is given to help cover for the medical expenses, and are limited to disability or death during the performance of duties during working hours. It can also cover wages lost while the employee recovers from the injury. It does not cover for death or injuries that occur because of the employee’s own doing or because of intoxication.

Even with the willingness of companies to provide worker’s comp to their employees, there are still cases where fraud occurs. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, Millions of dollars are often wasted on employees who file for fraudulent worker’s compensation cases. The most common are:

  • Old injuries – when a worker has already suffered an injury long ago but claims it as a new injury to acquire medical care.
  • Inflating injuries – an employee lies about the seriousness of the injury so that they can acquire more worker’s compensation and stay away from work longer.
  • Lingering injuries – when an employee pretends that his or her injury is still there even through it has fully healed.
  • Faking injuries – in order to claim for worker’s compensation, a worker fakes an injury that never happened.
  • Remote injury – when an employee is injured during off-hours (or while away from work) but claims that the injury occurred on the job so that they can file for worker’s comp.

Worker’s compensation is already a law that every company is required to provide, so every employee has the right to ask for compensation once an injury has occurred. If these benefits are not given, employees can call for a court hearing to get the compensation. Worker’s comp is every employee’s right.

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