Workers’ Comp Fraud in California

A California couple has been arrested for a $38 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme. The two took $38 million from the State Compensation Insurance Fund between 2000 and 2008.

The couple fraudulently filed 42 claims for uninsured workers to obtain the money. Their actions have, unfortunately, hurt the economy, infrastructure and, most importantly, the workers who deserve workers’ compensation.

If you have been injured on the job, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Clear Lake Company Fined in Worker’s Death

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Bureau has fined a Clear Lake company $357,000 for an accident that led to the death of one of their employees.

The accident involved and unprotected open hopper. The man should receive death benefits in workers’ compensation as should any family that he may have left behind.

If you deserve workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Pennsylvania Man Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud

A federal jury found a Pennsylvania man guilty of stealing $650,000 from a workers’ compensation fund. The man was convicted on 19 charges that included fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

The man put more than $300,000 into a personal account and over $330,000 into an investment account among other expenditures. These actions make it more difficult for deserving workers to claim their needed compensation.

If you need workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Bill May Raise Costs, Lower Quality of Care

Senate File 155 plans to change workers’ compensation law to allow injured employees more choice in their health care providers after a workplace injury. While this seems like a good idea at first glance, it is being heavily opposed by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

Currently, the employer is allowed to choose the treating physician after injuries. According to the PCIAA, if this changes, employees could recieve worse health care after injury. This is because the health care providers will not be able to have as close a relationship with the companies, possibly keeping information about the injury out of their grasp.

If you are in need of workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Workers’ Comp Drug Costs on the Rise

A recent report indicates that pharmacy costs for workers’ compensation have continued to rise injuries have been decreasing over the last few years. According to the report, pharmacy costs increased by 5.4% in 2008.

This increase in pharmacy costs has been attributed in large part to the decreased availability of generic OxyContin. The report stated that the five most prescribed drug classes made up a total of 70% of pharmacy costs and 74% of total transactions in 2008.

If you have been injured on the job, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



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