What Is Workers’ Compensation Fraud?
Workers’ compensation fraud occurs anytime someone makes false representations or conceals information in order to obtain or prevent someone from receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Employees, employers and medical providers may all engage in various forms of workers’ compensation fraud.
For injured workers, an accusation of workers’ compensation fraud can have serious consequences. Employees must be very careful if they have been accused of fraud. Even for the well-intentioned, accidental scenarios or an innocent lack of understanding can result in a fraud allegation. Employees face potential heavy fines, revocation of benefits and lasting legal consequences.
When you need information or representation for a workers’ compensation matter, turn to our attorneys at Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., for knowledgeable counsel. We have been representing injured workers in Baltimore and throughout Maryland for more than 40 years.
Examples Of Employee Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Employees are often scrutinized very closely after a work injury. If an employer becomes suspicious that an injured worker is trying to artificially inflate their benefits, the worker may be accused of fraud. Common allegations include:
• Nonwork-related injury — An employee getting hurt outside of the office and claiming it happened at work
• Falsifying an injury — An employee being accused of fraud for filing a claim for an injury that did not occur
• Inflating an injury — An employee taking advantage of the system to get more benefits than are reasonable or justifiable by faking or overly exaggerating the extent of the injury
• Falsifying reports — An employee taking advantage of the system by falsifying mileage reports or other records to get more benefits than are reasonable or justifiable
• Working another job while injured — An injured worker not realizing that they may not work another job while collecting temporary total disability workers’ compensation benefits
If workers’ compensation fails to cover your medical costs and other expenses, do not take another job to make up the difference. Even engaging in light duties to pay bills can be argued as deceit.
What To Do If You Are Accused Of Fraud
If you are alleged to having committed workers’ compensation fraud, do not wait to take action. Instead, trust our attorneys to investigate your case and advocate for you. With more than 40 years of niche experience, we know how to stand up to callous insurance companies and employers who are more concerned about profits than people.
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