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A culture of workers' comp abuse at the LAPD and LAFD
A culture of workers' comp abuse at the LAPD and LAFD

Los Angeles police and firefighters work in a culture that encourages excessive and questionable workers' compensation claims, often for entirely preventable injuries, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year, according to new audits by Controller Ron Galperin. The reports follow a Times' investigation last year that found that the city's public safety personnel take paid injury leave at significantly higher rates than public safety employees elsewhere in California. Some 66% of firefighters and 60% of police officers filed at least one workers' compensation claim in the last three years. More than 40% from both departments filed two claims during same...

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