Employer fraud in Florida's workers' compensation system is once again back in the news with a recent bust of 5 contractors in Southwest Florida. As we have discussed before, organizations affiliated with insurance companies try to blame increasing costs in the workers' compensation system on injured workers supposedly committing fraud to obtain benefits. But based on recent arrests across Florida, the guilty parties are typically employers.
This is especially true when it comes to employers in the construction industry. Failing to properly report employees to their insurance carrier, or failing to obtain the legally required insurance coverage, allows contractors to submit bids for projects at a much lower price than their competitors. This leads to cost savings for the general contractor or head of the project, but those savings come at the expense of the injured worker.
However, even if you are in the unfortunate situation of having an injury at work for an employer without the legally required insurance coverage, there are options available to obtain the benefits that you truly deserve. If you, or your loved one, has suffered a work-related injury, call the experienced attorneys at Lancaster & Eure for your free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online