Injured Workers May Pursue Civil RICO Claim Based On Enterprise To Deny Them Workers' Compensation Benefits

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Injured workers faced with collusive and bad faith practices aimed at fraudulently denying them workers' compensation benefits can find relied via a civil RICO suit, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has held in the case Brown v. Cassens Transport Company. The injured workers claimed that their employer and its workers compensation claims administrator, Crawford & Company, intentionally selected unqualified doctors to give fraudulent medical opinions that would support the denial of their claims for workers compensation benefits.

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