Personal Conduct & Disability or Workers’ Comp Fraud
By propagating countless news stories on workers’ compensation and disability fraud, the media makes it seem as if fraud is rampant. However, many studies have shown that this type of fraud is in all actuality exceedingly rare. Yet, due to the public’s inaccurate belief in widespread abuses, the Social Security Administration (SSA) along with law enforcement scrutinize claimants with an unwavering, and sometimes unsympathetic, eye, making the claims process more stringent than it already is. In fact, fewer than four in ten applicants receive approval for disability benefits. If you are currently receiving workers’ compensation or disability benefits, you must avoid making a minor slip up, even if it is a genuine mistake, lest it be perceived as an action that constitutes fraud.
Workers’ Compensation and Social Security fraud charges should never be taken lightly. A conviction can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and incarceration for up to 15 years in addition to the cessation of benefits. Get in touch with the experienced Los Angeles Social Security attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office if you are currently facing allegations of workers’ comp/disability fraud. We have the legal skills and resources needed to fight back the charges and help you retain your rightful benefits. To learn more about what we can do for you in a free, comprehensive consultation, call (800) 438-7734.
Get Your Material Facts Straight
Be thorough, careful, and clear when presenting a material fact, whether vocally or on paper. If you provide any inaccuracies, even mistakenly, you may be charged with fraud. Adhere to the following guidelines in order to prevent such an unfavorable scenario:
- Do not withhold information on any assets when filing for benefits.
- Do not falsify or exaggerate your symptoms when examined by your therapist and/or physician.
- Be truthful about your earnings and whether you were self-employed.
- Do not lie about your education level.
- Do not attempt to hide any circumstances that may affect your right to benefits.
- Make sure you use your correct Social Security number.
If you believe you have made any of the above mistakes, it is best to come forward immediately and report it to the appropriate officials. Passivity will only serve to make you appear suspicious.
Do Not Do Anything that Contradicts Your Claim to Benefits
Depending on the nature of your illness or injury, you may be restricted from performing certain actions, not just for the sake of your well-being, but also because those actions may appear contradictory to your claim and consequently lead to accusations of fraud. For example, if you receive disability benefits for a back injury, do not attempt to carry heavy loads, even if it is to assist another person.
Be Wary of Social Media
In recent years, staff members and administrative judges with the SSA have been using material posted on social media as evidence against individuals charged with disability fraud. Be extremely careful of what you make public online. Avoid talking about your disability altogether and do not post any material that contradicts your claim. Remember, social media space is not sacred; anything and everything can and will be used against you.
Defending Beneficiaries Against Serious Charges in Los Angeles
Your benefits are important to you because, without them, you may not be able to afford basic necessities, such as food and housing. Your freedom is important to you for reasons that are self-evident. It is vital that you act as quickly as you can when both are put in jeopardy. Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today for quality legal representation.