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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. This issue was recently raised in frontContinue reading

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. For instance, Michigan’s business communities regularly publish guides to help employersContinue reading

Michigan’s drop in workers’ compensation premiums

As word of Michigan’s big savings in workers’ compensation premiums continues to spread, locals are asking more questions about where those savings are coming from. Everyone from local economic groups to the governor are touting the savings as great for all involved from employers to employees. The effect on these two groups, however, are generally divergent. The less employers have to pay for insurance premiums,Continue reading

Michigan’s workers’ compensation rates continue to fall

Economic development organizations across Michigan are buzzing about a recent report published this past week. According to the report, Michigan companies have experienced a 27.7 percent decrease in workers’ compensation costs since 2011. Since local companies are the ones that fund the state’s workers’ compensation insurance system, economic groups intend to use these stats to encourage new companies to set up shop here in Michigan.Continue reading

Michigan employers struggle with workers’ compensation costs

A new report suggests that federal government employers’, including those in Michigan, efforts to control workers’ compensation costs have been hit and miss. While the total amount of costs have dipped $100 million in the past two years, it remains nearly a billion dollars more than the cost just 10 years ago. As a result, employers, like the Army and NASA, have been tinkering withContinue reading

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by work injury

Carpal tunnel syndrome is defined as the pressing or squeezing of the median nerve, which runs between the forearm and the palm, at or near the wrist. The syndrome is routinely characterized by tingling, numbness and eventually pain in one’s hands and wrists. This progressive medical condition grows in severity unless treated by a qualified physician. It is sometimes missed by medical professionals and canContinue reading

Michigan workers’ compensation: employee killed in work accident

A Kent County Road Commission worker was killed recently in what officials described as a work related accident. According to reports, the 42-year-old was killed at a construction site when he was struck by a motor grader. The incident happened around 8:00 a.m. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration were called in to investigate the death. Such incidents are not altogether unheard of. MichiganContinue reading

Saginaw workers in Jeopardy of being denied workers’ compensation

Most Saginaw workers recognize that, if they are injured on the job, their employer’s insurance carrier must reimburse them for medical expenses and time away from work. This general concept, though, fails to explain what types of injuries will entitle a worker to benefits. Certainly, if a construction worker is thrown from a ladder and breaks his leg, benefits will be paid. What is lessContinue reading

Do repetitive stress injuries qualify for workers comp benefits?

Workplace accidents happen every day in Michigan. From serious incidents to minor slip and falls, these incidents entitle the victims to benefits from their employer’s workers’ compensation carrier. Most of us, though, are fortunate enough to avoid sudden and jarring accidents at work. More likely, the repetitive stress of the job leads to nagging injuries that just won’t quit. Each day the pain gets worseContinue reading

Michigan workers’ compensation questions do have answers

Many of us are fortunate enough to never have to file a workers’ compensation claim. As a result, the process and administration of a claim may seem extremely hazy to some. When an incident at work does occur, then, we are struck with the uncertainty of how workers’ compensation will apply to us. Michigan’s Workers’ Compensation Agency, however, publishes online materials which are meant toContinue reading