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15 Warning Signs of Workers Compensation Fraud

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The WC (workers compensation) insurance system is a no-fault method of paying workers for medical expenses and wage losses due to on-the-job injuries. While the majority of WC claims are truthful, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that billions of dollars of false claims are submitted each year. To help you detect possible WC fraud, experience shows a claim may be fraudulent if two or more of the following factors are present:

1. Monday Morning

The alleged injury occurs either first thing Monday morning or late on a Friday afternoon but is not reported until Monday.

2. Employment Change

The reported accident occurs immediately before or after a strike, a layoff, the end of a big project, or at the conclusion of seasonal work.

3. Job Termination

If an employee files a post-termination claim:

  • Was the alleged injury reported by the employee prior to termination?
  • Did the employee exhaust his/her unemployment benefits prior to claiming workers’ compensation benefits?

4. History of Changes

The claimant has a history of frequently changing physicians, addresses, and places of employment.

5. Medical History

The employee has a pre-existing medical condition that is similar to the alleged work injury.

6. No Witnesses

The accident has no witnesses, and the employee’s own description does not logically support the cause of injury.

7. Conflicting Descriptions

The employee’s description of the accident conflicts with the medical history or First Report of Injury.

8. History of Claims

The claimant has a history of numerous suspicious or litigated claims.

9. Treatment is Refused

The claimant refuses a diagnostic procedure to confirm the nature or extent of an injury.

10. Late Reporting

The employee delays reporting the claim without a reasonable explanation.

11. Hard to Reach

You have difficulty contacting a claimant at home, when he/she is allegedly disabled.

12. Moonlighting

Does the employee have another paying job or do volunteer work?

13. Unusual Coincidence

There is an unusual coincidence between the employee’s alleged date of injury and his/her need for personal time off.

14. Financial Problems

The employee has tried to borrow money from co-workers or the company, or requested pay advances.

15. Hobbies

The employee has a hobby that could cause an injury similar to the alleged work injury.