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What are the Penalties for Filing a False Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If a person is found guilty of falsifying any information with the intention of receiving workers’ compensation benefits, they can be subject to both civil and criminal consequences. Consequences are determined per violation, so an employee can face multiple charges related to one case.

Penalties can be issued to employees (as well as coworkers, lawyers, and medical staff) who misrepresent any element of a workers’ compensation case for any reason. Faking an injury is an obvious violation, but individuals can also face consequences for presenting an off-the-job injury as work-related, exaggerating the injury, failure to return to work after healing, or lying about the treatment the employee required.

In the state of Georgia, employees who are found guilty of falsifying information in relation to their workers’ compensation case can face civil penalties equating to a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $10,000 per each violation.

The criminal penalties for a false workers’ compensation claim violation include imprisonment of a year or less.

What are the Penalties for Denying a Workers’ Compensation Claim Based on False Pretenses?

An employer or insurance provider who wrongfully denies an injured employee’s workers’ compensation claim can be required to pay civil penalties or serve time in prison for their violations as well. The civil and criminal consequences for false claim denial are equivalent to the penalties an employee can face for falsifying information: Fines of $1,000 to $10,000 per violation, and up to 12 months in prison.

Employers can also be punished for their failure to have workers’ compensation insurance. A violation for failing to carry workers' comp insurance carries a civil penalty of $500 to $5,000 in fines per instance. Failure to insure is considered a misdemeanor in the state of Georgia, and violators will be subjected to criminal consequences if they are found guilty.

If you have been injured at your job, contact The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC. We’ll work to recover the compensation you deserve. Send us your information or call (770) 629-9321 to schedule a free case evaluation with our team of attorneys — our services are available in Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian!

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