Fraud on the side of the employer
An employer might treat some of its employees as independent contractors rather than as full-time workers, not counting those workers toward workers compensation premiums. The employer might even create a fake firm and file some of its workers under that firm in order to shorthand some of its employees.
Skewed job classifications
An employer might also classify its workers as having safer jobs than they really do, classifying crane operators as file clerks, for example.
Or, an employer might simply not pay for state-mandated workers compensation insurance at all, hoping that officials won’t notice.
Fraud on the side of the worker
Of course, a worker might first attempt to gain workers compensation by first exaggerating the seriousness of minor injuries incurred in the workplace. Workers who are already on workers compensation might also do this in order to extend the period of time during which they receive benefits (a wrongful tactic known as malingering).
A worker might also simply invent an injury that is difficult to disprove, such as muscle problems or back and neck pain.
Sometimes a worker will use an old injury that never healed—a damaged knee or shoulder, for example—to claim an at-work injury, when in reality that injury was incurred months prior outside of the workplace.
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