Workers' Compensation Fraud
Riverside Workers' Comp Attorney
Are you currently dealing with filing a workers' compensation claim in Riverside? Do you have questions about fraud in conjunction with your claim? An attorney at our offices can help. In addition to offering a free case evaluation to discuss your particular matter, we have also included some basic information about workers' compensation fraud for your convenience.
Types of Workers' Comp Fraud
According to the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division, there are three primary types of workers' compensation fraud that the division investigates:
- False workers' compensation claims - fraudulent workers' compensation claims filed by employees, health care providers, pharmacies, attorneys or others.
Fraudulent denial of workers' compensation benefits - involving the wrongful denial of workers' comp benefits to an injured worker.
- Workers' compensation premium fraud - committed by employers to avoid paying full workers' compensation insurance premiums.
When a workers' compensation insurer or self-insured employer suspects workers compensation fraud, they have 30 days to report this suspicion to the Fraud Division and the local district attorney. From there, the Department of Insurance will take over investigation of this claim and possible prosecution under criminal law. After all, workers' compensation fraud is a crime that may be punishable by imprisonment, fines, and other criminal penalties. If a worker commits fraud, he or she may also be ineligible to receive the benefits that he or she would have originally been entitled to.
Avoiding Fraud in Filing for Workers' Compensation
Working with an attorney may be your chance to avoid unintentional fraud or misrepresentation regarding your workers' compensation claim. An attorney can also offer you the protection you need in regard to fraud committed by your employer, employer retaliation and other wrongful conduct that may adversely affect your claim.
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