A worker failed to disclose a pre-existing knee injury and was ordered to pay restitution of almost $110,000.
In 2019, the worker made a compensation claim for a knee injury they claimed was sustained during their employment. They denied having previously suffered a similar injury or condition, however had attended their general practitioner for knee pain in 2018 and were prescribed medication, referred for radiological imaging and provided a medical certificate.
The worker was charged with fraud and attempted fraud and pleaded guilty to the charges. They were sentenced to two years imprisonment wholly suspended for each charge.
This case is an important reminder for workers to be honest about their medical history when dealing with their insurer and medical providers associated with workers’ compensation claims.