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Workers’ Compensation Compensating Government Facilities?

March 26th, 2012 at 4:06 am

Being injured on the job is one thing, and collecting worker’s compensation is another. But alleged fraud in the Illinois injury-claim process? That’s a whole new break. In December 2011, the Associated Press reported that a third of all collected workers compensation awards in recent years—totaling $127 million—were sent directly to only a dozen state institutions. All of these are located in southern Illinois; Menard Correctional Center in Chester alone has collected $19 million in long-term benefits between 2007 and 2010.

Menard Correctional Facility is under fraud investigation for misuse of workers' compensation. (Image from www.wikipedia.org).

The prison is now facing three fraud investigations, and is not alone. The Associated Press examined the “extent of payouts at government facilities, though not private business, under the workers’ comp system before lawmakers revamped it this year.” The comprehensive examination focused on roughly 7,800 cases obtained from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

According to the Oregon Department of Consumer Business & Services, Workers’ Compensation is designed to protect both employees from unscrupulous employers and employers from lengthy lawsuits that waste time and money. Yet it’s easy to see how the system can be taken advantage of—as it appears to have been in southern Illinois. The Associated Press sites that “compared to the $40.7 million paid on 861 claims at the 12 southern work sites, taxpayers put out $24 million on 963 claims at 51 similar facilities elsewhere in Illinois.”

Workers compensation can be a difficult system to navigate, which is why if you or anyone you know has questions, get in touch immediately with one of the workers’ comp experts at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio.

 

Written by Staff Writer

March 26th, 2012 at 4:06 am

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