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How does an investigator uncover fraudulent workers’ comp claims?

When an employee reports an on-the-job injury in California, you may assume that your workers’ compensation insurance will cover the costs of the medical bills and a portion of the lost wages. However, according to Property Casualty 360, false claims raise the cost of policies, so any red flags may warrant an investigation.

Common OSHA violations highlight importance of workplace safety

In Los Angeles, employers must make sure that their workplaces diligently adhere to all applicable safety standards. Failure to do so can not only result in lost revenue thanks to injured employees, but it can also bring about serious legal reprisal. Here at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP , we’ve seen the harm that can befall an employer who forgoes proper safety measures. That’s why we counsel our clients on how they can prevent violations and ensure proper safety measures are upheld at all times.

Reviewing California’s Employer’s Bill of Rights

As an employer in Los Angeles, you likely view the safety and well-being of your employees as one of your top priorities. Like many of those that we here at Sacks and Zolonz LLP have worked with in the past, that is why you work to ensure that your staff is covered by workers’ compensation insurance in the event of a workplace accident. Yet should such a benefit need to be used, the cost could be reflected in you having to pay more for your coverage. You may be fine with that provided that an employee’s claim is completely valid. Do you have any recourse, however, if you believe one is not?

Physicians and pharmacists said to be part of insurance scam

Most employers in California know that carrying workers' compensation insurance is something they have to do, with a few exceptions based upon the nature of the company. For those companies who are required to carry this insurance, one thing they should be able to count on is that the system will be responsibly used by people who are legitimately injured or ill. Similarly, it would be wonderful if employers could trust that all other entities involved in the workers' compensation system operated honorably.

What should I know about workers’ comp in CA?

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.

Signs of work comp fraud that employers should be aware of

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.

New bill to give work comp fraud investigators more power

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.

OSHA violations on construction sites

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.

What OSHA violations should I watch for?

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.

Workers’ compensation fraud and patient protection

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.

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