If You Have Grounds for a Whistleblower or Qui Tam Lawsuit, You Need a Lawyer Experienced in Working With the Government to Take on Your Employer

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You may have been shocked to discover your employer’s fraud, but deciding what to do with your discovery is proving to be even more difficult. You know that what is going on is not right, but is it your responsibility to do something about it? Should you become a whistleblower? What if you lose your job? What good can come of it?

Your first step should be to understand the law and how it can protect you. To do that, you should work with an attorney who is experienced in these kinds of whistleblower cases. The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have the valuable experience with qui tam law you will need to ensure that you not only protect your job, but that you also receive the compensation you may deserve. Learn the basics here and then call to schedule a consultation.

What Is a Whistleblower or Qui Tam Case?

There are several ways an employee can act as a whistleblower. Reporting illegal activities or safety violations to an outsider—such as law enforcement, a federal agency, or the media—is considered whistleblowing. However, qui tam cases are those that involve violations of the False Claims Act. These violations specifically involve defrauding the federal government. In such cases, the whistleblower may be entitled to financial compensation for reporting the fraud. He or she is also offered job protection.

Qui tam claims involve cases where a company fraudulently seeks payment from the government or lies to get out of paying the government what it owes. If you discover that your employer is doing one of the following, you may have a qui tam claim:

  • Presenting the federal government with fraudulent claims for payment
  • Knowingly using a false record to get a claim paid by the government
  • Conspiring with others to get a fraudulent claim paid by the federal government
  • Falsely concealing, avoiding, or decreasing obligations to pay money to the federal government

Examples of violations of the False Claims Act include Medicare/Medicaid fraud, federal tax evasion, defense contractor abuses, and violations of the U.S. Trade Agreements Act.

What a Lawyer Can Do for You

In a qui tam action, an employee files suit against the employer for defrauding the government. The whistleblower lawsuit will be sealed for at least 60 days, meaning the employer will not know the suit has been filed. During this time, the claim is investigated. The 60 days may be extended multiple times as the investigation proceeds. Qui tam actions are complicated and can be drawn out over months or even years. An attorney experienced with such claims will file the appropriate paperwork, ensure that his client’s privacy is protected, and keep tabs on the claim as it is investigated. If the government decides to intervene in the case, an attorney will make sure that your interests continue to be protected.

In a successful claim, the whistleblower is entitled to anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of the recovery, depending on how much evidence you were able to provide and several other factors. This can be a substantial award as cases of government fraud often involve hundreds of thousands of dollars, plus additional penalties. When you have an experienced qui tam attorney litigating your case, you can be sure your interests and your compensation will be protected.

Call Neblett, Beard & Arsenault to Discuss Your Qui Tam Action

If you suspect—or know for a fact—that your employer is committing fraud against the federal government, it is never too soon to call an attorney. Even though you are not the one who has committed a crime, you need an attorney to protect you from your employer and from the government, who may be reluctant to pay you the compensation you are owed. Contact us online or call the Louisiana office closest to you to get started. We would be proud to represent you in your fight against fraud.

Our Areas of Practice

Louisiana injured accident victims have rights, and the attorneys of Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault want to help fight for them. Our attorneys understand that serious accident injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your life, and we will work hard to help you obtain compensation for your medical costs, property damage, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.
Personal injury cases can arise from a wide variety of accidents and other situations. Car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, exposure to toxic substances, and more are all avoidable circumstances that can lead to the unnecessary injury to a victim. Often, victims suffer serious injuries that leave them facing a difficult recovery or even a permanent disability. When that happens, victims should be able to focus on their health and recovery, not the complex and often frustrating details of a legal case.
When you are injured or become ill because of a dangerous drug, defective medical device, or a toxic consumer product, you are very likely not the only person to suffer. When a product harms a large number of people, a court may determine that the case can be filed as a mass tort action, which saves time, effort, and money for each individual plaintiff. Our mass tort attorneys are prepared to take on major manufacturers to get you the compensation you deserve.

Why Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Is Your Best Choice

You have a lot of choices when it comes to personal injury attorneys in the South Central U.S., so why choose us? Our results speak for themselves. Through our commitment and dedication, we are able to negotiate maximum settlements for our clients and we take pride in holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries they have caused. At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you can expect:

  • Experience in all areas of injury law. Our team of attorneys has handled every type of personal injury claim—from motor vehicle accidents to nursing home abuse—and we will match our experience to your specific case. You can rest assured that we understand the best approach for your unique claim and we will pull out all the stops to fight for you.
  • Commitment to clients. We value each and every one of our clients as an individual and our entire team—from our friendly receptionist to our highly skilled attorneys—will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. You will always feel like you are our top priority and we will see your case through to the end.
  • Maximum results. Our many years of experience and knowledge of the law allow us to evaluate the strength of your case and adopt the best strategy to pursue the maximum settlement available. If more than one party may be held responsible for your injuries, we will file multiple claims to make sure you get every penny you are owed to help you recover and support your family.

While our large staff and comprehensive services offer the advantages of a big law firm, our personalized service and individual attention give our clients the feeling of a small town family firm. With Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you get the best of both worlds!

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