As an employer, you take every possible precaution to ensure that your workers are safe. In fact, this is your number one priority.
Sadly, despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. That’s why you’re prepared in terms of insurance and first aid procedures. Most injury claims are legitimate but there are rare occasions when a worker may try to scam the system and fraudulently claim workers’ compensation by lying about their injuries. Outlined below are a few things to keep in mind.
Has it happened before?
A worker has claimed that they were injured on the job for a second time. You had your reasons to suspect their original claim was false but this latest incident is very questionable. Given how safety conscious you are, it’s extremely unlikely that the same type of incident would have happened again and that is the claim that is being made. If a worker has previously scammed the system then it’s possible that they may come back for seconds.
Did anybody see the accident?
You hire dozens of employees and they all work relatively close together. It is also the procedure for nobody to work on their own. It just so happens that no one was around when your employee allegedly suffered a work-related injury. This could be a cause for concern and it is certainly a reason to carefully conduct further investigations.
For a valid workers’ compensation claim, the worker must be able to provide evidence, which includes medical records. You’re a conscientious employer and it’s unfair for you to be subjected to fraudulent claims. If you suspect that this is the case, make sure you have some legal guidance on your side.