A decade later, sludge exposure worries workers

The Riverside city workers who were sent to clean up a sludge spill at a former sewage treatment plant in July 2003 knew they were not dealing with ordinary sewage. The sludge was black, thick and smelled like chemical solvents, workers said. Fifteen men filed workers compensation claims over the incident. Six claims became lawsuits. […]

Jury deadlocks in landscaper fraud trial

A mistrial was declared Thursday for a Thousand Palms landscaping company owner accused of cheating insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by manipulating documents to reduce workers compensation insurance premiums. Palm Desert Patch

Is an excess insurer bound by decision of appeals board?

Certain types of personal injuries are often adjudicated, at least in part, in front of quasi-governmental boards. For example, where an employer self-insures for workers compensation, claims by employees will be adjudicated before the workers compensation board governing that employer if they are not paid as demanded. Nearly every employer that self-insures for workers compensation […]

Santa Clara County marijuana dispensary raided

Police arrested two men who ran a San Jose marijuana dispensary that was raided earlier this month, a Santa Clara County deputy district attorney said. Investigators are looking into whether the men allegedly committed white-collar crimes including tax fraud, workers compensation fraud and insurance fraud. Campbell Patch

Feds: Millions of dollars lost in workers comp scheme

Two chiropractors and a psychologist were arrested recently in connection to an alleged health care fraud scheme connected to clinics in Fresno, Visalia and Bakersfield. The chiropractor is accused of instructing her staff to add as many injured body parts for treatment of workers claiming to have an injury in order to generate higher billings. […]

Victorville, Adelanto to drop inmate workers

The cities of Victorville and Adelanto have opted to divorce from the San Bernardino County sheriff work release program after being asked to provide medical treatment for inmate workers injured on the job, a shift in liability they deemed too dangerous. The key cause for the cities’ concerns is that they may be held liable […]

Prosecutor: Defendant did not play by the rules

The owner of a Thousand Palms landscaping company cheated insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a fraud scheme rooted in the misclassification of workers, a prosecutor said Thursday, but his attorney argued that his client was a gardener, not a bookkeeper, and had no hand in manipulating figures. Palm Desert Patch