Tom’s post on how to protect your rights is crucial for every worker to read before they get hurt at work. Know your rights, and beware these dirty tricks that employers use to keep you from getting your benefits.
Today’s post is by our colleague Tom Domer from Wisconsin.
Over the course of 35 years representing injured workers, I have heard some whoppers – Employers’ questionable tactics that make even my jaw drop.
With all the insurance company generated blather about “employee fraud”, incidences of employer fraudulent tactics abound.
Workers beware of the following:
Recorded statements taken by worker’s compensation carrier adjuster while employee is under medication or in the hospital still suffering from the injury. Questions such as “It’s true you had (low back pain, arm pain, fill in the blank pain, etc.) before your work injury, correct? You’ve had lots more pain from (your motor vehicle accident, sports injury, etc.) than you’re experiencing from your work injury, correct?”
Employer “channeling” a worker to its “Return to Work Clinic” (doctors on company payroll whose opinion is “like some athletic coaches, ‘rub some dirt on it and get back in the game’.”
Telling employees to take sick leave rather than claim worker’s compensation.
Telling employees to file medical bills under their group insurance, not worker’s comp.
Nurse Case Manager who initially befriends the employee, but later makes every attempt with the worker’s doctor to prematurely return the worker to the job before a healing occurs. Continue reading →
Today’s post comes to us from our colleague Len Jernigan of North Carolina. We feel strongly that employer workers’ compensation fraud is a widespread and costly problem. If you see fraud in your workplace in Nebraska, report it to Nebraska’s Attorney General on his website or by calling 402-471-2682 or if you see fraud in your workplace in Iowa, report it to Iowa’s Attorney General on his website or by calling 515-281-5164.
All employees should be on the lookout for signs that their employer or potential employer is engaging in workers’ compensation fraud.
The list of signs below was inspired by this one from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
These signs may indicate that your employer is not paying workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. If they aren’t, this could put you in a very difficult situation if you are ever injured on the job.
If any of these signs sound familiar, report the employer to the Fraud Investigations Department of the North Carolina Industrial Commission and, if at all possible, find another job.
Your employer may be engaged in workers’ compensation fraud if:
They pay you in cash and don’t give you any kind of payroll stub.
They give you a 1099 form instead of the standard W-2.
They pay you other than in cash or check, by such things as free rent, reimbursement of expenses, barter, etc.