How often are claims by employees exaggerated or false?
Nearly a quarter of all lost time claims are exaggerated. Called malingering, this means that the claimant remains out of work longer than they should given their disability. Fraudulent activities like staging accidents, faking injuries, and claiming non-work-related injuries while on the job can all fall into this category. This type of fraud can cause your company’s workers’ compensation insurance premiums to go up. Depending upon your company’s policies, you might also be responsible for paying out PTO, sick time, or medical benefits to an employee who did not suffer the injuries they claimed.