Midland Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Law Firm
Helping Midland Injury Victims Recover the Compensation They Deserve
For nearly 20 years, attorney Timothy S. Burns has helped injury victims in Michigan recover the compensation they deserve. Burns Law assists injured people in and around Midland who:
- Are filing for or negotiating workers’ compensation benefits
- Are appealing a workers’ compensation determination
- Have a third-party claim in connection with a work injury
- Have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident
- Have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident
Whether you fell at work, were hit by a distracted driver, hit a pothole while riding your motorcycle, or otherwise sustained an injury at work or in a motor vehicle accident, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your rights. A consultation with an experienced Midland injury attorney will allow you to gather the information you need to make informed decisions about your injury claim. Just call 844-BURNSLAW (844-287-6752) to get started. The initial consultation is absolutely free.
Midland Workers’ Compensation Claims
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Michigan law establishes a system of workers’ compensation to help injured workers get the medical care and other compensation they need without suing their employers. The system is meant to make it easier for injured workers to recover, and to reduce tensions between the injured worker and the employer.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation insurance carriers don’t necessarily share those goals. They are in business to make money, and the more they pay out in claims, the lower their profits. That’s why many injured Michigan workers have to fight for fair compensation through workers’ compensation.
Benefits of Working with an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
When you’re pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, working with a Midland attorney offers several advantages. For example:
- You may not be aware of all of the deadlines and procedural requirements associated with your claim, but an experienced workers’ compensation attorney will
- You may have difficulty assessing the value of your workers’ compensation claim, but an experienced attorney will know what factors to consider
- You may not be aware of potential third-party liability claims, but an experienced workers compensation attorney will know how to identify and build a case against these parties
- You may be misled by insurance company representatives who pretend to have your best interests in mind, but an experienced lawyer will recognize dishonest tactics and shut them down
Workers’ compensation precludes most workers from suing their employers for on-the-job injuries. However, the employer isn’t necessarily the responsible party, or the only responsible party. For example, if an employee is injured when he trips and falls in the office, he will generally have a workers’ compensation claim. However, if the office space is rented and the injury occurs due to a loose floorboard that the landlord negligently repaired, the injured worker may also have a premises liability claim against the landlord.
Often, third-party claims allow an injured employee to recover damages that would not be available in a workers’ compensation case. However, many injury victims are not aware that third party claims may exist, and never think to pursue alternative or additional routes of recovery.
An experienced work injury attorney can assess your case for possible responsible parties and advise you as to additional claims that may be available to you.
Compensation for Midland Car Crash and Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to damages such as:
- Costs of medical care
- Lost wages
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Costs of necessary adaptations and equipment
- Pain and suffering
In car accident and motorcycle accident cases, the most common type of claim involves a negligent driver. All drivers on Michigan roadways have a duty to operate their vehicles safely, including obeying all safety-related traffic laws. When a driver speeds, drives under the influence, is distracted by a mobile device, or otherwise fails to exercise care on the road, he may be held legally responsible for any harm he causes.
In most cases, a car accident or motorcycle accident victim in Michigan has up to three years to file a lawsuit. However, it is advantageous to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, because:
- Related claims, such as governmental claims and claims with your own insurance carrier, may have shorter deadlines
- As time passes, evidence may be lost, destroyed, or altered
- Witnesses may move, leave jobs, or otherwise become difficult to locate
- Witness memories fade, and their recollections become less credible, as time passes
- The sooner you move forward, the sooner you are likely to recover compensation
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, schedule a free consultation right away.
Talk to a Midland Injury Attorney for Free
Attorney Timothy S. Burns offers free consultations to ensure that injury victims in and around Midland have access to the information they need to make good decisions about how to move forward with their claims. Schedule yours right now, by calling 844-BURNSLAW (844-287-6752).