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Construction Company Accused of Fraud

The two owners of a Deerfield Beach construction company have been arrested along with four other men and charged with racketeering and fraud for allegedly attempting to avoid mandatory workers’ compensation insurance premiums and payroll taxes over several years. They’re accused of participating in a scheme through Richard & Rice Construction LLC using more than 20 shell companies to hide their actual number of employees. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said that while this pattern may have appeared to put the company in compliance with workers’ compensation insurance requirements, it also allowed Richard & Rice to bid lower on contracts. The company is accused of gaining over $17 million in profits this way.

Workers’ compensation insurance is mandatory in Florida

Florida law requires an employer in the construction industry with one or more employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance. That insurance covers any accidental injuries or occupational diseases that arise in the course and scope of employment in the construction industry by an anticipated and foreseeable risk. The general rule is that if an employee is injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits are that employee’s sole and exclusive remedy for compensation. Unless it was intentional, workers’ compensation benefits are payable even if the employee caused the accident himself. If the accident is caused by a third party, the injured employee can elect to accept workers’ compensation benefits at the same time he or she is pursuing an independent lawsuit against that third party.

What kind of benefits can a Deerfield Beach workers compensation Lawyer help me obtain?

Benefits payable under Florida workers’ compensation law include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Payment of reasonable medical bills as a result of the accident
  • Compensation for lost earnings while temporarily disabled
  • An award of permanent partial or total disability

Evan Ostfeld is a knowledgeable, experienced and successful Deerfield Beach workers compensation lawyer workers’ compensation attorney. If you or somebody close to you suffered an injury at work anywhere in Florida, you can contact Mr. Ostfeld at 866-478-3968 for a free consultation and case evaluation. He will advise you of what benefits might be available to you under Florida’s workers’ compensation law along with the workers’ compensation process. You’re assured that he will handle your case with dedication and professionalism.

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