Here are a few tips for avoiding allegations of workers’ compensation fraud:
- Be honest when reporting an injury or seeking benefits: It’s important to accurately report the circumstances of an injury and any pre-existing medical conditions. Falsifying information or exaggerating the severity of an injury can result in allegations of fraud.
- Keep accurate records: Maintain accurate records of your injury and treatment, including any time you miss from work. This will help to support your claim for benefits and demonstrate that your injury was work-related.
- Follow your treatment plan: If you have been given a treatment plan, it’s important to follow it as directed. Failing to follow your treatment plan or seeking unnecessary treatment can raise suspicions of fraud.
- Keep your employer informed: If you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits and return to work, be sure to keep your employer informed. Continuing to collect benefits while working elsewhere is a form of fraud.
- Know your rights: It’s important to understand your rights under the workers’ compensation system, including your right to receive medical treatment and financial benefits if you are injured on the job. If you have questions or concerns, you can consult with an attorney or a workers’ compensation advocate.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to and avoid allegations of fraud.