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L.A. audits: Costly police, firefighter workers' comp claims avoidable
L.A. audits: Costly police, firefighter workers' comp claims avoidable

Los Angeles police and firefighters work in a culture that encourages filing "excessive" workers' compensation claims, according to a pair of city audits released Thursday, and taxpayers are doling out up to $28 million per year for what amount to preventable injuries. The majority of injuries claimed by firefighters in recent years occurred while doing things other than responding to emergencies, including maintaining equipment, playing racquetball and preparing food at their fire stations, according to one of the audits by City Controller Ron Galperin. L.A. police, meanwhile, are paid for on-the-job injuries more often than officers in comparable departments, the other...

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