Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Warning: Read the Warning

Warnings exist to provide protection. For example, there are warning labels printed on plastic bags to remind you to throw them away so children don’t accidentally put them over their heads and suffocate. There are warning signs in construction areas to make sure hard...

Everything is Bigger in Texas

So they say “everything is bigger in Texas,” but did you know that: Texas' total area is twice the size of Germany. If Texas was its own country, it would have the 13th highest GDP in the world. The King Ranch in Texas is...

Save Now, Pay Later

California requires all employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits for their employees. The average medical benefit per claim in the state is among the highest in the country with costs more than 90% above the countrywide median, which means employers also pay some of the highest...

Jerked Around

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing has the highest rate of nonfatal occupational injuries. Some of those injuries occur from manually lifting and moving patients or physical assault by patients. (The American Nurses Association reports that 1 in 4 nurses have...

Gone Fishing

It’s amusing to read stories about fraudsters who get caught in the act. Today’s fraud article, which details the story of a former Bucks County, Pennsylvania corrections officer who took two undercover agents on a fishing expedition, is one of those. While out enjoying...

Misclassified

When filling out official paperwork that is ultimately submitted to a government agency, it’s really important to get the facts straight. (Otherwise, the errors could come back to haunt you.) That’s the case for an Ohio mulch supplier who committed workers’ compensation fraud by...

Backlash

Fraud sometimes causes adverse reactions from those it victimizes. The State of California’s Workers’ Compensation program couldn’t take the numerous instances of fraud against the program anymore and retaliated with “Operation Backlash.”  Today’s fraudster, a Beverly Hills radiologist, was one of the many perpetrators...

The Least of His Problems

Tree trimming can be dangerous business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that grounds maintenance workers, which tree trimming falls under, have a fatality rate that is almost five times that of the average worker in the United States. (That might make it difficult...

Lots of Red Flags

Red flags are anything that stands out from the ordinary. (They usually signify that something is amiss.) Today’s fraud spotlight shines on a man, who worked for a Perris, California based company. After experiencing a work-related injury, he was declared permanently disabled. But a...

Read the Fine Print

 The State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations has a comprehensive Guidebook for Injured Workers posted on its website. (Just about every question an injured worker may have about workers’ compensation is addressed here. And, there’s even a Spanish version too.) A man from...
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