Most people think of Workers’ Compensation fraud as an employee faking or exaggerating an injury on the job in order to obtain money from their employer. Thanks to media exposure, this has been the primary face of Workers’ Compensation fraud for a number of years.
The problem with this portrayal of Workers’ Compensation fraud is not only that it’s false, but that it often discourages workers with legitimate claims from filing for compensation. Because of this, employers and insurance agencies have saved billions of dollars over the years, while workers are forced to absorb expenses like lost wages and medical bills.
If you have been injured on the job in North Carolina, you have a right to seek full benefits under the state’s Workers’ Compensation laws. The experienced attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC, are here to help ensure you are treated fairly.
The Myth of Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Despite insurance industry assertions that fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claims cost around $5 billion a year, an independent study at the University of Michigan – which was published both in book form and in The Los Angeles Times – found that fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claims account for less than 2% of all annual claims. In fact, many states that have conducted private investigations discovered that Workers’ Compensation fraud accounts for less than a fraction of 1% of all claims.
If this is true, why is rampant Workers’ Compensation fraud so frequently cited by employers as justification for dramatically reducing benefits? The simple answer is profit. By minimizing benefits and frightening workers who would file legitimate claims, employers and insurance companies save billions every year. Creating and encouraging the myth of Workers’ Compensation fraud has been a source of profit for the extremely wealthy at the expense of workers in genuine need throughout the country.
Protecting Your Rights as an Injured Worker
If you have are entitled to Worker’s Compensation for an on-the-job injury, then you have every right to seek compensation for lost wages and medical bills. Our aggressive Greensboro Workers' Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC, are familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies and employers to strip injured workers of their rights. We will fight tirelessly for you during this difficult time.
If you have been injured on the job anywhere in the state of North Carolina, please contact the dedicated Workers’ Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC, today to schedule a free initial consultation.