Workers' compensation fraud occurs when someone willfully makes a false statement or conceals information in order to receive workers' compensation benefits or prevents someone from receiving benefits they may be entitled to. If you think someone may be committing workers' compensation fraud but are not sure, contact the Fraud Section for assistance.
No. If you are unable to perform your regular job duties because of your work-related injury, you cannot obtain another job. However, if you are released to light duty, you must report any income to your employer or his insurer. Your failure to properly report any income earned while receiving workers' compensation benefits could subject you to civil and/or criminal prosecution.
You cannot receive workers' compensation benefits and unemployment insurance benefits at the same time unless you are receiving permanent partial disability payments. If you have any questions regarding unemployment insurance benefits, please see the Claimant Benefits FAQ.
The Office of Workers' Compensation Administration (OWCA) does not offer any reward for information about anyone committing workers' compensation fraud; however, there are some insurance companies and self-insured employers who do offer such a reward.