Are work related deaths covered under workers compensation?

Yes.  If you are facing the death of a loved one as a result of a work related accident or illness, call us immediately, we can answer your questions.  A work related death is covered under workers compensation.  You do not have to prove fault to receive benefits.

Are repetative stress injuries covered unders worker’s compensation?

Repetitive stress and cumulative trauma injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, are extremely common. The effects of carpal tunnel and other repetitive stress injuries can be long-term and debilitating. Workers may have symptoms such as muscle weakness, pain, numbness, tingling, a cold sensation, and swelling in the fingers, wrist and forearm.  If you suffer injuries caused by repetitive motions that affect the nerves, ligaments, tendons and joints, you are entitled to workers compensation. Some of the most common workplace repetitive motions and actions include lifting, bending, carrying, pulling, typing and standing for long periods

What does worker’s compensation benefits pay?

In Michigan, injured workers are entitled to:  Wage loss benefits — In general, injured workers receive 80 percent of the after-tax value of their average weekly wage for the highest 39 out of the 52 weeks preceding the injury. There are limits on wage replacement benefits. The maximum benefit rate is 90 percent of the state average weekly wage for the year prior to the injury.  Medical treatment — Workers’ comp pays for the cost of medical care for the injury, including surgery, doctors’ appointments, medications and, in some cases, medical equipment and prostheses. You must see your employer’s doctor for the first 28 days of treatment, but may change to your own doctor after this period. There are caps on the cost of medical care.  Vocational rehabilitation — Workers who cannot return to their previous jobs may receive vocational training for up to 104 weeks. This can include job training and job placement assistance.

How do I pay a worker’s compensation attoney?

There is no up front attorney fees in workers compensation cases.  Worker’s Compensation Attorney Fees are paid on a contingency basis. What this means is that there is NO attorney fees if there is not a recovery for you. The attorney is paid only if you receive compensation.  The percentage of attorney fees is regulated by the State of Michigan as follows: 15% of the first $25,000 recovered, then 10% of the balance if the case is actually litigated and then settled before trial.  10% if the case is not litigated and a settlement is reached while your Michigan workers compensation benefits are being paid.

What do I have to prove to get worker’s compensation?

In Michigan, you need to establish that you had a work related injury or aggravated a preexisting condition.  You do not have to prove fault or negligence of the employer.