Fraudulent workers’ compensation claims occur when a worker has falsified an injury. Most often, these false claims are done strictly to get compensation from an employer. An employee can also work somewhere else while already drawing workers’ compensation from another business.
Keeping in constant contact with the injured party is highly recommended throughout the duration of their claim. In addition, learning what behaviors are consistent with false workers’ compensation can save a business large sums of money.
There are methods that can help spot a fraudulent claim. A lack of witnesses is a potential sign that workers’ compensation fraud is occurring. Another behavior that could entail potential fraud is if the injured party keeps changing their story or gives differing details. After a workplace injury has occurred, medical treatment will likely follow. However, if the injured party shows any reluctance or refuses treatment, this is a telltale sign of workers’ compensation fraud.
Fraudulent workplace injury claims are estimated to cost businesses about $5 billion each year. It’s important to learn what signs of a false workplace claim are to avoid being a business paying out part of that yearly $5 billion.
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