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Frequently Asked Questions From Injured Workers About Fighting Fraud

  1. What is workers' compensation fraud?
  2. Can I work and receive workers' compensation benefits at the same time?
  3. Since I'm not able to work while I'm receiving workers' compensation benefits, can I apply for unemployment benefits?
  4. Can I report someone who I think is committing workers' compensation fraud and remain anonymous?
  5. Do I get a cash reward for reporting someone who is committing workers' compensation fraud?
  6. How can I get more information about workers' compensation fraud?

  1. What is workers' compensation fraud?

    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.

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  2. Can I work and receive workers' compensation benefits at the same time?

    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.

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  3. Since I'm not able to work while I'm receiving workers' compensation benefits, can I apply for unemployment benefits?

    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.

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  4. Can I report someone who I think is committing workers' compensation fraud and remain anonymous?

    Yes. If you would like to report someone for committing workers' compensation fraud, contact the Fraud Section at 1-800-201-3362, email wcfraud@lwc.la.gov or fill out the online form.

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  5. Do I get a cash reward for reporting someone who is committing workers' compensation fraud?

    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.

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  6. How can I get more information about workers' compensation fraud?

    If you have any other questions about workers' compensation fraud, please contact the Fraud Investigator in your area, or contact wcfraud@lwc.la.gov. You will receive a reply within 24 hours.

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