If you injured your back on the job, you may be thinking of filing a workers’ compensation claim. If so, you want to make sure you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to under Michigan law. However, despite their best intentions, some plaintiffs make mistakes that have a negative impact on their workers’ comp settlements. Here’s a guide to help you win the compensation you deserve for your back injury settlement.Do You Have a Case?
Workers have 90 days to report a work-related injury or illness to their employer and two years to file a claim for benefits.
Your employer may exclude such benefits as overtime, bonuses or health insurance coverage. In addition, your employer or their insurer may overestimate your post-injury “wage earning capacity,” resulting in lower benefits.
Employers can require workers to see a specific doctor during the first 28 days following the injury. However, after that period, a patient may seek care from their regular physician providing they inform the employer. Some employers or insurance companies may try to prevent the worker from exercising this choice.
Employers and insurance companies may not inform injured workers about all of the available benefits. Examples are assistance with daily living skills or certain supplemental benefits for low-income workers.
Without the help of an experienced back injury attorney, most claimants are not able to navigate the complicated appeals process.
No. Workers’ compensation is not based on fault. If you are hurt at work, you are entitled to benefits without having to prove your employer was responsible for your injury.
The Michigan Workers’ Compensation program is designed to provide financial benefits for employees who are injured at work. These benefits are provided according to the rules and regulations in the Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act. In addition to injured workers, this act covers employees who become ill because of a work-related situation.
The main benefit categories covered by workers’ compensation are:
If you were injured at work, you should consult a qualified workers’ comp lawyer as soon as possible. A knowledgeable back injury attorney will help you avoid the above mistakes and receive the compensation you and your family deserve.
Workers’ compensation law is complicated, but finding the right attorney is simple.
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