• John Larrimer

Cleveland Woman Working Second Job While Receiving Workers’ Compensation

One of the most devastating things that can take place on the job is a work place injury. That is why workers’ compensation was created to provide help for those who have suffered job related injuries and illness.

A Cleveland woman, Patricia Rohman, plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud after the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) found her delivering papers while receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits.

An allegation that Rohman was delivering Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper led to the BWC investigation. The BWC obtained the work records from the paper to confirm that her employment was inconsistent with the benefits she was receiving.

Rohman was sentenced to 180 days in prison, and ordered to pay restitution and investigation fees for $9,359.15.

According to current legislation, had Rohman sustained a traumatic brain injury she might have been able to work in a “sheltered workshop.” This type of job is used for rehabilitation purposes. However, Rohman was receiving Temporary Total Disability, which makes no such exception.

This is a sad story, as many people struggle to make ends meet after a workplace injury. Anyone who has been harmed on the job should contact a qualified attorney, to be sure they receive the maximum amount of compensation as allowed under law.

If you have questions about whether you qualify for benefits, talk to our Columbus workers comp lawyers. Since 1929, we have dedicated our practice to helping those injured on the job find ways to recover. Call (614) 221-7548 today to schedule a free case review.

Did You Know?: For the 2012 fiscal year, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation allowed 101,165 state claims. This is 3,670 fewer claims than 2011.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC – Columbus workers comp attorneys

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