The fact that an employee has filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits in California doesn’t always mean they’re genuinely eligible to receive said benefits. If you’re an employer and you have good reason to suspect an employee is seeking benefits they don’t deserve, discuss your case with a Van Nuys workers’ compensation fraud attorney. Our team at Sacks Law Group, APC may be able to help you navigate this complex situation.
California’s workers’ compensation laws technically exist to serve a valid purpose that benefits both workers and their employers. Workers benefit from the workers’ comp system by having a clear means of seeking financial compensation when they’ve been injured in on-the-job accidents or developed health problems as a result of their work.
Workers’ compensation can also protect employers when workers are hurt. If an injured or sick employee files a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, they typically can’t sue their employer for negligence.
Unfortunately, there are some who attempt to take advantage of this system by pursuing benefits they don’t deserve. Doing so is a crime in California. Penalties employees may face if they’re convicted of workers’ compensation fraud include:
Additionally, if it’s determined in civil court that an employee has committed workers’ compensation fraud, they may incur thousands of dollars in civil penalties as well.
Workers’ compensation fraud can take several potential forms. They include the following:
That isn’t necessarily an exhaustive list. It’s possible for employees to engage in forms of workers’ compensation fraud that are not listed here.
If you’re not sure whether an employee’s actions qualify as an example of workers’ compensation fraud, review the matter with a legal professional who has experience handling such matters to learn more. A Van Nuys workers’ compensation fraud lawyer with our firm will gladly answer any questions you may have about this topic.
Proving that an employee has attempted to commit workers’ compensation fraud can be challenging if you lack experience handling these matters. You’ll benefit in these circumstances from enlisting the help of a legal professional who’s worked with clients like yourself in the past. Examples of ways we might help you demonstrate a worker is engaging in fraud include (but are not limited to) the following:
You don’t have to sit by and let an unscrupulous employee take advantage of the workers’ compensation system if you have strong reason to believe they’re guilty of fraud. For more information about how a Van Nuys workers’ compensation fraud attorney at Sacks Law Group, APC can help you, contact us online or call us at 310-216-7778.