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Workplace transportation incidents lead to high fatality rates

Michigan employees who drive as part of their job are at higher risk for serious injuries and death than other workers. This leads not only to a lot of pain and heartache for family members, but it also results in expensive workers' compensation claims. Employers should make sure they incorporate safe driving training and protocols to help decrease the number of accidents. 

What is occupational lung disease and how can it be reduced?

Workers in Michigan who work in certain environments are at risk for developing occupational lung disease. There are a number of different types, and most of them are preventable. Although affected employees can get workers' compensation for their symptoms, the better solution is to maintain safe working conditions and find appropriate treatments for those who are currently suffering.

What is vocational rehabilitation?

Most injured workers in Michigan are covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance. This means their medical care is paid for and they also receive compensation for lost pay. One important aspect of workers' comp that not all employees are aware of is vocational rehabilitation. This helps employees get back to work quicker and is beneficial both to them and their employers.

What exactly does workers' compensation cover?

Workers in Michigan who suffer injuries on the job may wonder how they are going to pay for their medical care and for the bills that stack up while they are out of work. Most workers are covered by workers' compensation insurance, which most employers are required to have for their employees. This benefit can make a big difference for those who would not otherwise be able to pay for treatment or afford not to work. 

Common workplace injuries and their prevention

Workers in Michigan, no matter what industry they are in, need to practice safety while performing their job. Knowing the top injuries and what causes them can help employers and employees devise solutions and preventive measures to decrease the incidents of workers' compensation claims.

The importance of workers' compensation and mental health issues

Employees in Michigan who are suffering from depression, stress or other mental health issue may feel there is nothing that can be done. For those in which the issue is related to the job itself, a workers' compensation claim may be filed. Although proving a psychological-based claim is more challenging than a physical one, treatment and care is extremely important for multiple reasons.

Are federal employees covered by Michigan workers' compensation?

When you work for a federal agency established in Michigan, you want to know that in the event of a workplace injury, you are covered by workers' compensation laws and able to seek recompense for losses, damages, and medical treatment. Yet considering that both the state and federal government have laws governing workers' compensation, which takes precedence in the event of a federal employee's injury? Are you covered by Michigan law, or federal law?

Toxic exposure and Michigan law

With the Flint, Michigan, water situation so prominently in the news, the question of what qualifies as toxic exposure is on many minds. The Detroit Free Press reports that over 6 million Michigan residents drink or otherwise use water that may be contaminated with either unregulated substances or quantities of chemicals and materials that fall within regulated levels, including trihalomethanes and the heavy metal hexavalent chromium. This chemical was involved in one of the largest toxic tort cases in U.S. history, in the famous suit pitting Erin Brockovich vs. PG&E on behalf of the town of Hinkley.

Workers' compensation for domestic employees

When Michigan residents think about workers' compensation, they may not initially consider their domestic employees. However, employers usually need to have workers' compensation insurance so that it is available to domestic workers if they are injured.

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