3 Tips for Preventing Workers Compensation Fraud

Workers comp fraud can be costly, so it is important to take steps to prevent it. These three tips can help you develop a workplace that discourages fraud practices. 

1. Screen Job Applicants

All new employees should be carefully screened before they are onboarded. This may not tell you if the potential employee has filed a workers comp claim, but it can help you find employees who fit in well with your organization and will be less inclined to commit fraud. It is imperative to be aware of what questions you can and cannot ask during the interview process to avoid any legal issues. 

2. Streamline the Claims Process

Make the claims process as simple as possible to encourage timely filing. This will allow for proper investigation while things are still fresh in everyone’s memories. It also reduces the chance that someone will aggravate an injury by trying to work through it.

3. Maintain Contact With Employees

There is a lot to be said about clear and effective communication. For starters, it can help you keep up with injured employees and follow their medical progress. It also opens the door to developing modified work assignments to encourage returning to work safely.

Hiring workers who are vested in your company, having a simple claims process, and keeping open lines of communication with injured employees can go a long way toward preventing work comp fraud.  

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