Is a Whistleblower Compensated?
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A frequently asked question about whistleblowers involves whether they’re eligible to receive financial compensation for reporting criminal activity. In many cases, whistleblowers can receive a financial reward for reporting financial fraud, corruption and other criminal activity involving private businesses or government entities.
But there are very strict rules regarding who can receive compensation in exchange for filing a whistleblower lawsuit or complaint. That’s why it’s important to talk with an attorney familiar with this area of the law if you are considering filing a whistleblower complaint. That’s why we want to meet with you.
Our whistleblower lawyers at Brewer & Pritchard, P.C. in Houston have years of experience handling complex legal cases throughout the country. As a result, we have an in-depth understanding of the rules and regulations governing such cases. If you are eligible for a financial reward as a whistleblower, we will demand the compensation you deserve on your behalf.
Am I eligible for a financial reward?
Financial compensation for whistleblowers has been the cornerstone of many corruption laws since the 14th Century. In 1318, King Edward II financially rewarded people who reported government fraud. The same concept applies today in the United States. Under qui tam law and the False Claims Act, many people receive financial compensation for reporting fraudulent criminal activity involving government funds or private businesses.
In 1986, U.S. politicians revised the False Claims Act and significantly increased the amount of money citizens receive nationwide as a reward for reporting fraud. Since then, billions of dollars in taxpayer funds have been recovered thanks to the actions of whistleblowers. In such cases, individual whistleblowers have personally received thousands or even millions of dollars as a reward for their qui tam case.
Many cases that result in financial compensation for the whistleblower involve government fraud. In particular, many cases involve Medicaid fraud schemes. Whatever the circumstances of your whistleblower lawsuit or complaint, our law firm will pursue the maximum financial compensation on your behalf.
Are there situations where whistleblowers are not financially compensated?
Unfortunately, there are certain situations when whistleblowers may not be financially compensated for their heroic efforts. One of the most common reasons why involves whether more than one person reported the same criminal activity. In most cases, only the first whistleblower is eligible for financial compensation. This is due to the first-to-file rule under the False Claims Act.
Other situations may also apply in which you might not be eligible for a financial reward. In particular, if there’s proof that you were somehow responsible or involved in criminal activity, your whistleblower complaint could be dismissed and you may even be subject to punitive measures yourself. That’s why it’s critical to consult with an attorney to learn more about your legal rights.
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Don’t underestimate the complexity of your whistleblower case. Make sure you have a lawyer who thoroughly understands the legal system and the local, state and federal laws governing whistleblowers. The attorneys at our law firm possess these skills and have assisted many whistleblowers over the past several years throughout the United States.
We work hard to anticipate our clients’ needs. This includes taking the time to learn about our clients’ legal issues and working with them to develop a strategy that addresses their unique legal needs. You can expect the same high level of service if you choose to hire us to represent you. No matter what type of whistleblower case you’re dealing with, we bring the same commitment and attention to detail to every client.
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