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Beware creative workers’ comp fraud: The case of the ‘sprinkler selfie’ injury

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When a piece from a broken sprinkler head fell from the ceiling onto a Florida receptionist’s desk, she quickly picked up the metal piece and slammed it into her forehead. Her next step: filing workers’ comp, saying it fell and hit her head. But the company’s security cameras showed the truth. The result: She lost her job, was arrested for workers’ comp fraud and sentenced to 18 months of probation. Florida says fraud is one reason workers’ comp premiums for businesses rose by 14.5% last year.

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