The vast majority of employers simply want what is in the best interest of their employees. Many employers in California have learned that working to ensure safe working conditions, for example, is not only good for employees but also for the company in general by limiting employee turnover. Despite their best efforts, workplace accidents may still occur. In these instances, employees are likely protected financially by workers' compensation insurance coverage provide through their employer; however, some employees may embellish the nature of their injuries in order to increase the amount of compensation they receive. One out-of-state man was recently charged with making fraudulent workers' compensation claims.
The 55-year-old man was a police officer. Although he was fired in Dec. 2013 for reportedly leaking an internal memorandum regarding an alleged crime and being dishonest about the leak, he was rehired afterward. He says he received treatment for an injury suffered in the line of duty from Oct. 2013 to March 2014.