$1.25 Million Earmarked to Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud in CA – What Do North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Specialists Think of This Move?

July 8, 2010, by Michael A. DeMayo

The California Department of Insurance made a decision in early July to earmark $1.25 million to battle workers’ comp insurance fraud. Steve Poizner, the often-in-the-news CA Insurance Commissioner, remarked that “fraud creates costs that burden our economy at a time it can least sustain it.”

Those in the North Carolina workers’ compensation community have reacted strongly to California’s decision. Advocates of similar measures here at home argue that funneling money into fraud control can help the system be more functional and protect benefits to attend to the needs of truly injured workers. Opponents of stronger fraud control worry that antifraud dragnets might accidentally sweep up legitimate claims. For instance, take someone who ordinarily would qualify for North Carolina workers’ compensation for a hurt lower back. She might wrongly be denied benefits — or at the very least given an overly hard time to qualify for them.

If you or a loved one or a coworker has experienced problems collecting benefits from a non-cooperating employer or bad faith insurance company, you may have rights and legal means at your disposal that you may not even be aware of. To find out how to protect your interests optimally, connect with an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney ASAP. Whether you have been improperly identified as trying to defraud the system, or you are having a simple vexing issue with your workers’ comp, get good help now before it’s too late for you and your family.

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California Department of Insurance

County tentatively slated to receive $1.25 million for worker’s comp fraud