Former New Mexico workers’ comp judge pleads to fraud charges

A former New Mexico Workers’ Compensation administrative law judge and disbarred lawyer pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $40,000 and an estate and its beneficiaries of almost $572,000. Albuquerque Journal

California job growth spikes injury claims

While California is enjoying a boom in the construction and manufacturing sectors, a side affect of that is turning out to be a higher than national average rate of workers compensation claims, particularly in Southern California. Cumulative injury claims comprised nearly 18 percent of California indemnity claims in 2014, up from about 12 percent in […]

Hemet man accused of insurance fraud

A 23-year-old Hemet man faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 3 in San Bernardino County Superior Court in a felony insurance fraud case where he is accused of failing to report income while receiving disability benefits, according to a San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office news release. Raymond Chastain filed a workers’ compensation claim Oct. 26, […]

Colorado: Past ‘pranks’ put UVWUA on hook for workers’ comp claim

The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association must pay disability compensation to a former employee, whose supervisor previously tormented staff with “pranks” that included defecating in lunches, attempting to defecate on coworkers in the field and setting off homemade bombs. Montrose Press [may require registration]

How to avoid workers’ compensation retaliation claims

Retaliation claims have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, reasonably causing employers to think twice before taking an adverse employment action. In particular, prudent employers often consider all relevant facts and appearances before terminating the employment of a worker who has filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Lexology