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State Director Responds to Workers’ Comp Criticism

State Director Responds to Workers’ Comp Criticism

Denied care, and desperate for help. Injured employees across California say they’re battling the workers’ compensation system for treatment their doctors say they need. Last year NBC Bay Area exposed cracks in the system. Now, the Read More

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Nov 16, 2016
Workers' Comp Doctors Feel Targeted in Fight Against Fraud

Workers' Comp Doctors Feel Targeted in Fight Against Fraud

The estimated cost of fraud in California's workers' comp system is bigger than some countries' budgets. With the help of insurance companies, law enforcement is stepping up its attack on cheaters. Read More

Dec 2, 2016
San Bernardino Shooting Survivors Seek Medical Treatment

San Bernardino Shooting Survivors Seek Medical Treatment

Some survivors of last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino are fighting for care after the county’s workers’ compensation program denied medical and mental health treatments. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit first exposed... Read More

Aug 24, 2016
Injured Workers Rarely Win Appeals in Workers' Comp Cases

Injured Workers Rarely Win Appeals in Workers' Comp Cases

Many of California’s injured workers say they don’t have a fighting chance to recover under a workers’ compensation claim. The Investigative Unit is digging into a system that many patients and doctors say unfairly denies... Read More

Aug 22, 2016
Workers' Comp Drags Out Medical Care, Injured Workers say

Workers' Comp Drags Out Medical Care, Injured Workers say

Some California’s injured workers say the system that is supposed to get them back to work is actually making their recoveries longer and more complicated. A California Highway Patrol officer injured in a collision with a... Read More

Aug 12, 2016
Injured SJ Firefighters Denied Workers' Comp Treatment

Injured SJ Firefighters Denied Workers' Comp Treatment

A San Jose fire captain nearly died after a building collapsed on him, but the workers’ compensation system denied the medical treatments his doctor says he needed. The Investigative Unit learned his injury was captured on camera. Read More

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Hundreds of injured workers across California say the state’s workers’ compensation system is dragging out or denying the medical care they need to get back to work. NBC Bay Area’s series of investigations reveals a sprawling labyrinth of a system that often favors insurance companies instead of injured workers and their doctors.

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