With the many amendments and updates to the Michigan workman’s Compensation law in recent years, enlisting the services of an experienced agency with a working knowledge of relevant case law to guide you through the process is essential.
The federal government has certain workers compensation standards covering federal employees that states like Michigan tend to mirror.
The U.S. Department of Labor administers four different disability programs for federal workers who are injured on the job:
- Wage replacement benefits
- Medical treatment
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Other benefits
The state workers comp laws and regulations cover, in general, the same four categories though in slightly different ways.
Qualifying reasons for workman comp eligibility in Michigan under the new laws include:
- Medical treatment
- Travel-related costs incurred when traveling to doctors’ consultations
- “Vocation Rehabilitation” – Assistance in upskilling and finding work
- Death benefits
- Loss of wage compensation
- Compensation for inability to work
- Loss specific benefits (such as those associated with the disabilities)
Before applying for worker’s compensation, you need to be informed of the wage compensation you are entitled to. Specific claim amounts for Wage Loss Benefits are complicated to assess and just one of the reasons to enlist a skilled professional in work man’s comp.
Should you require long-term work man’s compensation benefits, you will also need to keep informed about increases in the cost of living, as Michigan workman comp increases accordingly.
Workman comp legislation differs significantly between states, and it is, therefore, essential to work with a Michigan based practice.
Avoiding work man’s comp disputes
Depending on your circumstances, you may decide to avoid complex worker’s compensation disputes by negotiating a once-off lump sum payment settlement with your employer. Many firms prefer this to a lengthy and costly legal proceeding. In Michigan, it is frequently an advantageous option for both parties. As with all workman comp’s settlements, it is essential to be fully informed and represented by the best team possible to protect yourself and your family.
If disputed, the workers’ compensation process may be long and difficult for injured workers, and the client may have their access to benefits delayed or stopped. Many clients want to avoid the difficult workers’ compensation process by negotiating a workman’s comp settlement. In a workman’s comp settlement in Michigan, an injured party may forfeit the rights to receive extended compensation payments in exchange for a lump-sum settlement.