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Southern California Workers’ Comp Claimants Warned to Watch for Identity Theft

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on November 27, 2012 | In Workers Compensation News

An employee mistake at Oak River Insurance Co. recently led to the accidental release of personal information on about 2,700 southern California workers’ compensation recipients, according to a recent article from the Associated Press. The insurance company is warning recipients to be on the lookout for identity theft as it works to fix the mistake.

The information applies to workers’ compensation recipients who had spinal surgery in southern California between 2004 and 2011 or who had urinalysis testing, diagnostics, or medical treatment performed in southern California from 2006 to 2011, according to the insurance company.

The information got out when an employee of the insurance company released records as part of an investigation of medical services suppliers. The company believes that the release of information, which includes medical records, Social Security numbers, and other health insurance information, was not intentional.

So far, the insurance company says it has not heard of any actual identity theft occurring as a result of the information leak. Nonetheless, the company is offering a free one-year subscription to a product that watches for possible identity theft to those who were affected by the mistake.

If you’ve been injured or become ill due to a workplace accident or condition in California, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help pay medical bills and other costs associated with your condition. For a free, confidential case evaluation, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Van Nuys workers’ compensation attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office at (888) 438-7734 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

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