For every legitimate workers compensation claim out there are dozens more that are not legitimate. Workers compensation attorneys are in business to help protect the rights of employees who have been injured at the workplace and suffer negative consequences as a result. Unfortunately there are cases where an individual abuses the system which makes it even more difficult for workers who have been injured on the job to collect the compensation they rightfully deserve.
As reported in the Daily Mail, “A 26-year-old corrections officer was charged with illegally collecting worker’s compensation benefits while working part-time as a police officer.” According to this report, Kevin Schwebke of Catskill continued working at the Cairo Police Department part-time after claiming $34,000 in workers compensation benefits from a work related injury at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility.
In an ironic twist of fate, Mr. Schwebke who was previously employed as a correctional officer and a part-time police officer now faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted of workers compensation fraud.
It is important for any individual who is dealing with an injury related to work to fully understand their rights. An experienced New York Workers Compensation attorney can help you understand these rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. As a professional trained in workers compensation laws, we can prevent an incident where you are collecting benefits illegally which can result in serious legal consequences. Contact a workers compensation lawyer today to find out if your claim is legal and legitimate.