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Workers' Compensation Insurance Fraud Information and FAQs

What is fraud?

Fraud is lying about something in order to receive a benefit that you are not eligible to receive.

Is this serious?

It is very serious. You could be arrested, charged with a felony and tried in a criminal court. If convicted you could be sentenced to prison or county jail and be required to repay all the money and for services that you received but were not entitled to.

If a worker is injured on my property, could I be held financially liable to pay?

In California, if a contractor has employees, he/she is required to carry workers' compensation insurance. The importance of this cannot be overstated. If a worker is injured working on your property and the contractor doesn't have insurance, you could be financially liable to pay for injuries and rehabilitation. Your homeowner's insurance may or may not cover those costs. You should check with your insurance carrier to make sure the workers' compensation insurance coverage being provided by the contractor is adequate (source: Contractor State License Board). Click here to read more.

How can I check to see if a contractor is licensed in California?

Before hiring a contractor or signing a contract, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) recommends that you check the status of their license here or call (800) 321-CSLB (2752)

What should I do if I don’t think my employer has workers’ compensation insurance?

Report it to us at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org

What should I do if I am injured at work and my employer won't provide insurance information to me?

If you are injured at work and your employer refuses to provide workers' compensation insurance information to you please contact us at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org

What should I do if I am asked to lie about the extent of my injuries?

Report it to us at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org

What should you do if you think your medical provider fraudulently billed the insurance company?

If you believe your medical provider billed the insurance company for services, appointments or treatment that you did not receive, please contact at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org

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