Workers Compensation Fraud Investigations
Workers who attempt to defraud workers’ compensation insurance companies are a persistent problem throughout the US. Every year, employers and their insurance providers lose millions of dollars to “treatments” for fabricated injuries, false disability claims, unemployment payments to workers who actually do have jobs, and more. These unfair practices also create legal complications for honest claim seekers who are suspected of fraud.
If you are having difficulty receiving the benefits you need because an insurance agent, manager, or other party suspects you of fraud, you need an experienced legal representative on your side. The Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca & Landry, P.C. can provide the information and representation you need. Call our offices at 877-327-2600.
How Claims are Investigated
Understandably, if an insurance agency suspects fraud, they are going to investigate the matter very closely. In Iowa, these investigations are generally carried out by the Insurance Fraud Bureau, a subdivision of the Iowa Department of Insurance. Anyone can report suspected fraud to the Bureau, including insurance companies, employers, and individuals.
Investigations of suspected insurance fraud are generally carried out by certified fraud examiners, individuals who have completed formal education in legal and ethical investigative techniques. They may be government workers or private contractors. They may use a variety of methods to investigate a case, including:
- Forensic accounting (carefully examining financial records for inconsistencies)
- Surveillance of the suspect (photographs, video or audio recordings, etc)
- Examination of medical information for inconsistencies or inaccuracies
Unfortunately, there is a fine line between legal investigation tactics and illegal invasions of your privacy – and investigators do occasionally cross it. Our qualified Des Moines workers’ compensation fraud defense lawyers will fight to protect your rights and restore your reputation.
Being convicted of workers’ compensation fraud can seriously damage your legal record, finances, and future job prospects. For the committed and reliable legal defense you need, contact a workers’ compensation lawyer from LaMarca & Landry, P.C. at 877-327-2600