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When can a Michigan worker collect Social Security Disability?

Michigan workers know that getting injured on the job can have serious financial consequences. If they are lucky, their injury may not prevent them from missing a lot of time on the job. But what if a worker receives a far more serious injury and faces an extended period of time when they are unable to work? Are there programs that can help them replace the lost wages from their job?

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.

Carpal tunnel syndrome facts that Michigan workers should know

Most Saginaw, Michigan, workers are confident in their abilities to perform their jobs. They know that their managers and co-workers can depend on them to complete their daily work tasks to the best of their abilities. And, while they may from time to time go to work with small aches and pains, they know that it is important to recognize any physical signs that may develop into a more serious condition. For many workers in the automotive, petrochemical and construction industries, a condition that they must monitor is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

An overview of Michigan workers' compensation wage loss benefits

When a Michigan worker is unable to work due to an on-the-job injury or occupational disease, making ends meet can be a serious concern. To address this need, Michigan's workers' compensation system provides benefits to partially cover injured workers' lost wages during a period of disability.

Workers injured in 193-vehicle Michigan crash may seek benefits

Not surprisingly, various agencies and organizations around Michigan are sniffing into the 193-car pileup on I-94. Crash investigators are just now turning their reports into state prosecutors to determine if charges will be filed and against whom in relation to the January 9 mega crash. Now, the Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a notice that it will undergo a safety study to see whether conditions on I-94 contributed to the incident that killed one and injured 20 others.

Repetitive stress injuring hundreds of Saginaw area workers

As kids, we all learn about economies of scale, or the cost savings obtained through specialization. Rather than each immigrant to the New World managing each and every one of their needs independently, they began specializing in one thing or another. The blacksmith became an expert at pounding out horseshoes for everyone in town, while the baker became proficient at creating that loaf of rye to feed the community and society as a whole prospered.

Michigan Workers' Compensation Board Reset

When an employee is injured on the job, it is important to understand what to do next. Applying for and receiving benefits to help offset the costs associated with a workplace accident is a crucial step to take to ensure they recover properly and can return to work.

Icy roads can lead to workers' compensation claims

Another round of wintry weather in Michigan has left cars mangled and people in the hospital. A 70-car pile-up on I-94 near Kalamazoo grabbed much of the headlines as several people sustained serious injuries and one person was killed. The pile-up included two semis, one carrying fireworks and the other a toxic substance. The massive wreck is being attributed to slick streets and low visibility.

Can I sue my employer for injuries sustained on the job?

One of the most common questions injured employees ask is whether they can sue their employers for getting hurt on the job. The answer depends on the circumstances surrounding the injury. Michigan, like many other states, has adopted what is called an exclusive remedy provision. In exchange for employers providing workers' compensation insurance to all employees, there is a regulation which then prohibits employees from suing their employers for their injuries.

New rules regarding workers' compensation reimbursement

A new rule to the workers' compensation laws in Michigan may affect your ability to be reimbursed for prescription drugs. The rule is designed to address the long-term use of pain relievers. While touted as a measure to prevent drug abuse, it is also intended to save employers money on workers' compensation benefits paid out to their employees.

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.