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Workers' Comp Fraud Challenges

 

Review the red flags of fraud.

Pursuant to the Workers’ Compensation Act, an injured employee’s exclusive remedies against the employer are generally limited to such benefits as temporary total disability payments and reasonable and necessary medical expenses. The underlying legal theory is that while claimants forgo an extensive range of tort damages available to them in other personal injury actions, they receive speedy and certain medical and lost-time payments and are not required to prove fault. Fraud, however, has been a growing concern in the workers’ comp arena. This white paper reviews why claim managers and adjusters who suspect fraud should be cognizant of the relationship between fraud, slander, and libel actions, and the anti-retaliation and whistle-blower laws that operate to protect the rights of injured workers.

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Kathleen M. Bonczyk, MBA, Esq.

Kathleen M. Bonczyk, MBA, Esq.

Workplace Violence Prevention Institute

  • Attorney with a practice concentrated on the fields of labor and employment and insurance
  • Founded The Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, an interdisciplinary think tank comprised of professionals from various fields including law enforcement, safety, risk management, business, law, human resources, medical, and other fields as well as victims of workplace violence
  • Published author who has delivered content for the Florida Bar’s Labor and Employment Section’s Newsletter, The Checkoff, BLR, Lorman Education, Claims Magazine, the National Underwriter, PLRB and the Department of Defense, The Threat Lab, Defense Personnel, and Security Research Center
  • Has been sought out by such media outlets as CNN and NPR
  • Has delivered hundreds of seminars over the years, including content authorized for continuing legal education credit by the Florida Bar and SHRM
  • Her first CEU article focusing on employee safety was written in 1995 and was published by Nursing Spectrum Magazine; she was the first non-clinician to ever be published in that leading periodical
  • Her first article on workers compensation fraud was published in Claims Magazine and Property Casualty 360 in 2007
  • Currently serves as a sub-committee chair, Florida Bar Continuing Education Committee (2020-2023)
  • Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a human resources executive and consultant
  • J.D. degree, Nova Southeastern University; M.B.A. degree, Florida Atlantic University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or through the WVPI’s website www.workplaceviolencepreventioninstitute.org
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