Former L.A.-area insurance agent sentenced in workers’ comp scheme

A 42-year-old former Moreno Valley-area insurance agent, who stole thousands of dollars from business owners by misrepresenting that he would provide them with low-cost workers’ compensation insurance, was sentenced Friday to jail and probation. According to prosecutors, the victims of the scam discovered that the certificates issued to them were bogus. mynewsLA

California: Former Red Bluff councilman facing prison for fraud

A 44-year-old former Red Bluff city councilman is facing nearly eight years in prison when he’s sentenced in February after pleading guilty last month to four felonies, including workers’ compensation fraud. The district attorney’s office says it found that Suren Patel, who formerly owned a Red Bluff inn, had not paid workers’ compensation insurance and […]

Northern California fires: How to report unlicensed activity during rebuilding

It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500 or more in combined labor and material costs. Click here for more information on what illegal contracting is, and how to report unlicensed activity with the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) of the Contractors State Licensing Board. Santa […]

Study: Early spine surgery for workers’ comp patients saves $37K per episode

A new study that examined 227 workers’ compensation patients in Ohio who underwent spine surgery for degenerative lumbar stenosis from 1993 to 2013 examines how surgery timing can affect this population. Among other findings, the study’s authors found that the patients who underwent surgery early cost the system an average of about $37,000 less than […]

Cover all bases when settling workers’ comp claim

Don’t assume that settling a workers’ compensation claim will put an end to the matter, unless you have expert legal help drafting a complete release of any and all claims. Business Management Daily