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Injured workers need to be able to rely on workers' compensation

People throughout Michigan go to work on a daily basis in order to provide for their families. When people are at work, they expect to do the job that they have been assigned. In return, people know that they will get their paycheck. However, for many Michigan residents their workplace presents a variety of risks and challenges. In some situations, people put their lives on the line in order to do their job.

Potential health effects for workers exposed to lead

Lead is a common element that is found on and in the Earth. This soft metal has been used for centuries and became an indispensible component of human industrialization. However, it is also one of the first elements that were known to have serious health effects on humans. And while safety standards have improved greatly over the centuries, workers in many different industries, including construction, manufacturing and transportation, can still be exposed to too much lead.

Steps Michigan workers can take to avoid a crush or pinch injury

An all too common type of injury suffered on the job is a crush or pinch injury. Most Michigan workers know that these injuries can cause everything from cuts and bruises to mangled or severed body parts and even death. It's extremely important for workers to understand how to prevent injuries like this. So here are some tips that can raise the awareness about this serious health risk.

Firefighter dies while collecting donations in tragic hit-and-run

Many jobs in America come with inherent safety risks. United States solders are often led into battle in foreign countries to protect our freedoms. Thousands die each year fighting for our nation. On our own soil, firefighters are often met with challenging and serious situations saving lives as well. Whether they are extinguishing serious fires, and entering dangerous situations that may pose safety risks toward the wellbeing of the worker, firefighters are at risk each and every day they go to work. But the last thing on a firefighter's mind is that his or her life may end while standing on the road collecting donations.

Agency reports 20 percent of all Americans have a disability

Michigan residents may know that a disability doesn't have to keep an individual from working. They may know many fellow workers that continue to work every day despite suffering from some type of chronic condition. Now a new report indicates that a sizeable percentage of Americans are living each day with some type of disability.

Congress struggles to save the Social Security Disability Program

Michigan workers know that they can count on the federal government's Social Security Disability program to help them pay for medical expenses if they are suffering from a workplace accident. However, recent testimony by Social Security Administration personnel indicates that the disability program is in a serious financial crisis that may affect everyone who is receiving benefits.

Data reveals nearly 500 Michigan work-related amputations a year

The loss of a finger, toe, hand or foot is potentially devastating for any worker and will often result in permanent disability. Unfortunately, according to some recent government statistics, Michigan workers continue to suffer more amputation injuries than other workers in the nation.

Are there employer responsibilities with workers' compensation?

Suffering a workplace injury can be a terrifying event for a worker in Michigan. The worker's first responsibility is to notify their work supervisor of the injury and seek immediate medical attention if it is needed. Once this has been taken care of, the worker can begin to fill out the necessary forms for workers' compensation. But what about the worker's employer? Are there specific steps that the employer must also go through to help a worker obtain workers' compensation?

Poor Workers' Compensation and injuries add to income inequality

Most residents of Tuscola County, Michigan, work extremely hard at their jobs. They know that the income they receive is very important to them and their families. But, if they are injured on the job, many of these workers believe that they will receive the necessary monetary benefits from Workers' Compensation that will cover their lost wages. However, a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor reveals that workplace injuries, as well as an antiquated workers' compensation system, is not helping workers, but they are in fact contributing to an overall income gap.

From offices in Saginaw, Michigan, Burns Law provides legal services for clients in Saginaw County, Isabella County, Bay County, Tuscola County, Huron County, Genesee County, Shiawassee County and the surrounding areas, including communities such as Flint, Grand Rapids, Bay City, Midland, Mount Pleasant, Lansing, Cadillac, Kentwood, Forest Hills and Ionia.