On its face, workers’ compensation seems like a well-designed system that is mutually beneficial to the employee and the employer. Workers just want to be fairly compensated for injuries suffered while on the job, and both workers and employers would seem to prefer such a system to avoid the litigation process. Unfortunately, as with any lawful system, there are those who would not hesitate to take advantage, either through loopholes or even lies. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert workers’ compensation attorney at 617-787-3700.
In 2004, Roger Decker, a truck driver employed by Lee Center in Utica, New York, was injured on the job. Soon after, he began collecting workers’ compensation benefits for his injuries. Over the course of the next ten years, Decker would go on to get jobs with several other truck driving companies, and appears to have worked steadily over that period of time. However, in the benefit paperwork he filed in 2016, Decker claimed he had not worked for the past 10 years in an effort to get increased benefits.
After being exposed for his misrepresentations, Decker recently pleaded guilty in Utica City court to one count of third-degree perjury. In addition to lying on his benefits sheets, Decker also allegedly testified at a Workers’ Compensation Board hearing that he had been out of work for an extended period of time. In 2016, Decker received a total of over $7,000 in workers’ comp benefits.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the course of your employment, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert workers’ compensation attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Massachusetts injury attorney professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at email@example.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!