Workers’ Compensation Charge, Plus 7 Other Counts Of Fraud, For Ex-Lapd Officer

BY: Koszdin | Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Retired LAPD officer, Terry Johns, was arrested on Thursday March 8 on eight counts of fraud and related crimes, following an undercover investigation. The 56-year-old ex-police offer had begun the alleged fraud in 2014, the year in which he also filed for retirement. Under the terms of the DROP program, Johns had signed up to, he was entitled to claim both pension and salary for the final five years of employment with the LAPD. Although the details of the alleged worker’s compensation fraud have not been released, to avoid prejudicing the case, it is believed that Johns defrauded the City to the tune of $200,000. The retired LAPD officer is currently held on $160,000 bail. The charges brought against him include worker’s compensation fraud, insurance fraud, and attempted perjury under oath.

Johns’ case involves just one of several workers compensation fraud allegations made against members of the DROP scheme, who are alleged to have fraudulently claimed workers compensation for on-the-job injuries. This is the third arrest made during the past year as a result of these investigations.

What Is Workers Compensation?

Worker’s compensation is intended to cover the cost of medical treatment, lost wages and other expenses incurred due to a work-related injury or illness. The benefits you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances, but may include:

Medical benefits, such as access to medical specialists, as well as the surgery, rehab, medication and other treatment you require

Disability benefits, where we will ensure you receive timely benefits when you are unable to work due to workplace injury or illness

Permanent disability benefits – your Los Angeles workers compensation attorney will fight to secure the lump sum settlement or full amount of benefits you are entitled to

Social security disability benefits where you have been out of work for at least 12 months

My Workers Compensation Claim Has Been Rejected – Help!

If you have filed a workers compensation claim only to have it rejected by your employer or their insurance company, do not panic. An experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney can investigate your case, gathering all evidence to prove your claim was valid. You can rest assured that your claim is in good hands, as all our attorneys are knowledgeable and skilled in countering rejections based on, amongst other reasons, an incorrect assertion that:

  • The injury was not work-related
  • The injury was not serious enough to justify time off work
  • The injury is a pre-existing condition
  • The injury was not reported to a supervisor
  • Medical treatment was not sought within a reasonable timeframe
  • You waited too long to file a workers compensation claim
  • You are no longer injured or unable to work

You should not take no for an answer, and we certainly will not simply accept a denial when we work on your worker’s compensation case.

To schedule an initial consultation and discuss the specifics of your case with a skilled Los Angeles workers compensation attorney, call us today on 818-812-5639.

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