Concluding our three-part blog Workers’ Compensation Fraud, below, we will continue our discussion of workers’ compensation fraud charges and penalties, taking a closer look at how these play out according to Illinois state law.
If you are preparing to file a workers’ comp claim or believe that you may be the victim of some type of fraud with your claim, don’t hesitate to contact the St. Louis workers’ compensation lawyers at Brown & Brown. Our attorneys will:
- Fight for your rights to benefits
- Stand up to employers and insurers in any legal setting
- Work relentlessly to optimize your chances of obtaining the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled the first time you submit your claim.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Fraud Charges and Penalties
According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (Section 25.5):
- Any person or party may report or allege workers’ compensation fraud.
- When such reports are submitted, the Division of Insurance of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is obligated to oversee the investigation of each allegation of such fraud.
If the investigation into workers’ compensation fraud allegations results in findings that some party knowingly committed any type of workers’ compensation fraud in the state and/or conspired to commit this fraud, that party can be officially charged with a Class 4 felony.
If the accused person or party is ultimately convicted of these charges, the resulting penalties may include (but may not necessarily be limited to):
- 1 to 3 years in prison
- Fines that can be as much as $25,000 (depending on the amount of benefits fraudulently taken by the convicted person/party, the resulting restitution fines may be higher in some cases)
- Criminal record.
How the St. Louis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law Can Help You
If you have suffered a workplace injury and are preparing to file a workers’ compensation claim – or if you are currently fight with an insurance company for workers’ comp benefits, contact Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law.
Since 1993, our St. Louis workers’ compensation lawyers have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Our unwavering dedication to our clients’ rights means that we will work tirelessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help injured workers secure the maximum possible workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and future.