Two things happened this week to raise the consciousness of the public towards the inadequacies of workers compensation. First was a major piece of reporting by Pro Publica and NPR that conducted an exhaustive examination of workers compensation benefits, state by state. You can find the articles here:
The reporters chief findings:
Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when individuals intentionally make false representations to obtain or to deny workers’ comp benefits, which reimburse employees injured on the job.
Individuals committing workers’ comp fraud carry many faces—employees, employers, and healthcare providers all qualify as potential violators. Employees become violators when seeking benefits by misrepresenting their injuries, employment status, or treatment. Alternatively, employers commit workers comp fraud not to receive benefits, but to avoid responsibility. Employers often seek to avoid responsibility by underreporting employee payrolls and avoiding premiums. Last, health care providers, such as doctors, counselors, and pharmacists, become violators by duplicating bills, billing patients for improper services, and receiving payments from multiple insurance carriers for the same treatment.
2012’s Top 10 Cases
In 2012, the top ten workers’ comp fraud cases cost America $97,446,500. Below is a short description of each case and its damages:Continue Reading $97 Million in Workers’ Comp Fraud: 2012’s Top Cases
If your employer classifies you as an independent contractor, make sure you are truly independent.
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When injured on the job be sure and follow these steps:
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Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Reporter, the premier name in workers’ compensation legal reporters, has issued their list of the top ten most bizarre or unusual workers compensation cases in 2009.
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Texas is the only state that doesn’t make workers compensation insurance mandatory for at least some employers. This is a shame, because workers’ compensation insurance is beneficial to both employees and employers as Sally Spooner, a school teacher, and the Cody School District, her employer, recently found out.
The Cody School District is the local…