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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.

Situations Michigan workers' compensation doesn't cover

Being injured on the job can be a challenging and frustrating situation for any Michigan worker. In just a matter of moments, someone can go from being a normal, healthy individual, who is providing for his or her family, to a person who is unable to work and now requires medical care and special treatment. It is even more frustrating when that worker realizes that he or she will no longer be able to take care of the monetary needs of their family for a period of time. Fortunately, workers compensation benefits can provide the necessary financial remuneration that an injured Michigan worker needs. But, it is important to remember that workers' compensation may not cover injuries that occur at all types of work situations.

What exactly is covered by a Michigan workers' compensation plan?

What happens if a Michigan resident gets injured on the job? Do they know what they should do in this situation? Do they know what kind of injury coverage their employer has? And exactly when does this coverage begin?

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.

Workers' compensation claims set to rise in Michigan winter

It's that time of year where the sidewalks turn to ice and every corner you turn could reveal a new patch of the slick stuff. Every year Michigan is inundated with wintry weather that puts us all at risk for a slip and fall accident. According to recent statistics, slip and fall accidents account for one-third of every workers' compensation claim in Michigan during the winter.

Medical care for workers in Michigan cheaper than most places

We all know how expensive medical care can be. While we go through large portions of our life as healthy individuals, there comes a time in every person's life where the cost of medical treatment is no longer an afterthought. While this can come with an unexpected diagnosis or something as simple as aging, workplace injuries are one of the most common causes of surprising medical costs.

Michigan Supreme Court discusses workers' compensation

This blog regularly touches on legal topics concerning Michigan's workers' compensation schemes. The laws which demand employers provide insurance coverage to their workers has a catch. Known as workers' compensation exclusivity, an injured worker is generally only able to recover insurance benefits from an accident. In other words, he or she cannot also sue their employer for negligence.

Workers' compensation resources available to Michigan employees

Workers' compensation can be confusing. From the regulatory requirements imposed by the state, to the medical quirks of an actual claim, it's difficult to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the topic with a quick Google search. As a result, various groups and organizations publish materials intended to spoon feed the information to their recipients.

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.