Workers' compensation can be a touchy subject for the parties involved. The system is in place to help protect workers in case of an injury, but because of some people that have abused the system, benefits can be hard to receive for those that are in need. A recent California article involving two NFL players has drawn attention to workers' compensation benefits for players in the league.
Working with dairy cows may not be thought of as dangerous to those outside the dairy industry. However, a recent accident at a dairy farm in Ontario may change that. A California man was killed and an OSHA investigation has been started.
Workers' compensation fraud is a very serious matter. Employers can suffer great harm when their employees engage in such fraud. No employer should have to be subjected to such wrongful conduct.
Every workplace has its unique health risks. Whether it be a construction site, office complex, or classroom, the places in which Americans go to work each day are ridden with potentially dangerous situations and circumstances. When an injury does occur on the job, employers must be ready for a potential compensation claim.
When a person is injured or ill and it not capable of working, he or she may request time away from work so they can focus on gaining their health. During that time, some employers offer a form of short or long term disability so the employee can still collect a portion -- or in some cases 100% -- of their wages. While on medical leave it is expected that the worker is at home convalescing and not attempting to collect wages elsewhere.
Insured employers in California can be accused of workers' compensation fraud if the authorities suspect that the business owner or management has underreported or unreported their payroll.
California employers will come under investigation whenever an employee suffers a workplace death.
When someone is hired for a job and it is explained that the job comes with a certain degree of risk, should a San Bernardino employer have to pay workers' compensation when that employee is injured? What about when the job is as a professional athlete? There are athletes who are injured playing their sports every day, either because of their own actions or because of another player's, but many of them file workers' compensation claims against the sports teams for which they play.
Employees who have been injured in a workplace accident may be entitled to seek assistance from workers' compensation insurance. Many of these claims are legitimate. However, sometimes employees are willing to make fraudulent workers' compensation claims, such as for injuries that never occurred, or for misrepresenting symptoms or the severity of an injury. Such claims can lead to criminal prosecution if the employee has defrauded employers and the workers' compensation insurance company.
Public and private companies and government agencies need to be aware of false worker's compensation claims that are sometimes made. Although many claims are valid, it is unfortunate that some individuals will put their jobs and reputations on the line in an attempt to collect fraudulent workers' compensation benefits.