For California workers, being hurt on the job can be a devastating experience. Loss of income can quickly lead to financial instability, which is why most employers are obligated to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect their employees in the event of a workplace injury. Knowing the ins and outs of workers’ compensation law is crucial to this end, so that you can be sure that your employer is abiding by all pertinent rules and regulations.
In our last post, we highlighted new potential legislation that would give the Division of Workers’ Compensation more resources to detect and prevent fraudulent claims. Yes, false claims do not outnumber legitimate claims, but fraud still causes problems for employers and insurers alike.
Workers’ compensation fraud is still a pervasive issue in the state of California. In a number of posts we have highlighted the drains on the state’s work comp system and shown that fraud could lead to criminal sanctions. While it is a necessary function, the state does not necessarily allocate many resources towards investigating fraud.
As the owner of a construction company, you have a particularly important job to keep your various workplaces safe for all employees. While you may not be able to avoid all possible injuries, you can benefit from protecting your site from the most common OSHA violations, thereby keeping your employees safer on the job. Here at Sacks and Zolonz, we understand the gravity of workplace injury claims, and we want to provide you with fair representation if an accident occurs. However, the best defense is to maintain facilities with the utmost safety standards.
As a business owner in California, the last thing you want is for one of your employees to get hurt or killed in a workplace accident. Not only is there the potential for loss of life, but also the rise in costs that can occur if you have a workers’ compensation claim or have to train a new employee to take the injured employee’s place. The Department of Labor’s blog lists the top OSHA violations that produce the most injuries and fatalities so you know what to watch out for in your industry.
Despite California’s strict penalties for workers’ compensation fraud, there are still plenty of attempts to beat the system in many industries, including medical services. This is evident in a recent legal case that is returning to court this month and that involves not only workers’ compensation but also serious threats to patients’ health.
As an employee in California, you are entitled to certain rights under the law if you are injured during the course of work. In some cases your workers’ compensation claim may be denied, but fortunately you can appeal the decision if you feel it was made in error. To this end, it’s important for you to be aware of the steps involved in appealing a denied claim in order to have the best chance of success.
Workers’ compensation fraud is a serious issue in California. According to the Collation Against Insurance Fraud, fraudulent claims cost everyone money, even consumers. This is because the costs of paying claims get passed down until eventually it is the consumer who is paying for them through higher prices everywhere they go.
As a California employer, having an employee sustain a minor, serious or fatal injury on the job may be at the top of your list of things you never want to happen. Sometimes, though, accidents do occur. In these cases, your workers’ compensation insurance should provide benefits for an employee’s medical costs and some of the lost wages, regardless of whether it was a working condition that caused the injury, or the employee’s own negligence or carelessness. However, at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP, we understand that there are times when dishonest employees make false claims in an attempt to hold the employer liable beyond what is covered by workers’ compensation.
Workers’ compensation fraud costs everyone in California money. However, employers are usually the first victims of this crime. According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, there is a small number of people who actually try to scam the workers’ compensation system, but even a small number of fraudulent claims can create a huge expense. The cost of fraud includes a loss of jobs and pay, more expensive premium costs, closure of businesses and higher prices for consumers.