Injured workers need help. That fact is indisputable. The workers' compensation program was set up to help these workers to get the medical care they need to live, as well as to help them with expenses while they are off of work.
Unfortunately, some people take advantage of the system and collect benefits when none are actually necessary. This has created the need for a system to weed out the people who are actually committing fraud with their workers' compensation claims. This has also made it much more difficult for people who truly need the benefits to get these benefits. People who truly need the benefits are often watched closely and some cases might be denied when benefits should actually be paid.
There are some very pointed examples of workers' compensation fraud out there. One is the case of a man who claimed to have a debilitating back injury. He was spotted bench pressing a massive amount of weight, up to 335 pounds, and doing some other weight lifting with considerable amounts of weight. At this time, he was still off work and still collecting his benefits.
It is possible that people who are facing workers' compensation fraud charges will have to repay the money they received under fraudulent pretenses. It is also possible that they will have to pay fines and spend time in prison.
If you need workers' compensation benefits, you should fight for those benefits. While you are receiving benefits, you should make sure that you are following doctors' orders and not doing anything that could lead you to having to answer for your actions.
Source: FindLaw, "Workers' Compensation Fraud Is a Serious Offense," Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed April 28, 2017