Providence, RI (PRWEB) July 14, 2013
A new position targeting workers compensation fraud in Rhode Island could save the state millions of dollars each year, says Providence personal injury attorney Deborah G. Kohl of the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl.
“When someone knowingly and intentionally makes a false claim in order to obtain workers compensation benefits, they are engaging in an illegal and fraudulent act,” said Kohl, whose firm represents people seeking workers compensation benefits in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. “Workers compensation fraud is a serious offense that cannot be tolerated in Rhode Island.”
In a June 6 report by the Insurance Journal (“New Position to Target Workers’ Comp Fraud in Rhode Island”) it was announced that a new position would be created by the Department of Labor and Training to prosecute fraud in the state’s unemployment and workers compensation program.
According to the article, the Department of Labor and Training recovered $ 5.5 in overpayments to beneficiaries last year alone. The new position will be tasked with rooting out cases in which individuals wrongfully receive workers compensation or unemployment benefits.
“By targeting the misuse of public benefits the state is sending a message that fraud won’t be tolerated,” said Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee in the article.
“When public benefits such as workers compensation insurance and unemployment are misused, it isn’t only the state that suffers. Money is taken out of the hands of the people who need it the most – honest, hard-working individuals who were hurt at work and deserve compensation for their injuries,” said Kohl, a workers compensation lawyer in Providence. “Workers compensation fraud in Rhode Island cannot be taken lightly. It’s a serious offense.”
About the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl
Since 1980, Deborah Kohl has focused her professional experience on helping injured workers who are struggling with workers compensation, Social Security disability law issues, car accident injuries, and other forms of severe injuries. With offices in Fall River and Foxborough, Mass., and Providence, R.I., Kohl is listed in the “Best Law Firms in America” for workers compensation in Massachusetts and serves as president of the Workers Injury and Law Advocacy Group.
For more information on what to do if you’re faced with a workers compensation case in Rhode Island, call (508) 677-4900 or visit http://www.dgklaw.com.
The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl is located at 191 Bedford Street, Fall River MA 02720.