Michigan Workers' Compensation Attorney

Workers' Comp Claims in Michigan

The majority of working people employed in Michigan are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. This means that if you have been injured on the job — serious enough that you cannot work for at least eight days — you likely have a right to receive benefits covering a percentage of your lost wages, costs for your medical care, and job retraining or “vocational rehabilitation.”

If your valid workers’ compensation claim is being denied, disputed, or delayed in Michigan — or if you are having other problems such as being told you must return to work before you are able — call Adler Firm, PLLC now.

Our Michigan attorney has more than 30 years of experience in workers' compensation claims that we can put to work for you. Call now for a free consultation at (888) 966-9524, or contact us online.

Important Steps to Protect Your Workers’ Comp Claim

If you have suffered an on-the-job injury or developed an occupational illness, an experienced workers’ compensation claims attorney can help ensure that you obtain all the workers’ compensation benefits which you are entitled to receive.

There are important steps you can take to protect your health and your rights after an injury in the workplace. These include:

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention: For the first 10 days after an injury, if offered, you must be treated by a doctor that is among those selected by your employer. After that period, you may select your own physician for treatment. You must provide your employer or their insurance company with the name and address of any doctor you choose for medical treatment or evaluation of your work-related condition.
  • Notify Your Employer: You should immediately notify your employer of any injury or disease suffered on the job. The law provides that you have 90 days after the injury to notify your employer of your injury. If you do not notify your employer within 90 days, your claim is still valid unless the employer can show its claims are prejudiced by late notice.
  • Consult an Attorney: It’s never too early to contact a workers’ compensation attorney in Michigan to protect your interests and ensure that you receive all the benefits you deserve. Our advice is always free.
  • Keep All Documentation: Make sure you keep all documents you receive or provide to your employer, the doctor, other specialists, and insurance companies.
  • Keep Good Records: Document the miles you traveled for medical care, the amount you paid in copays, parking fees, the names of your doctors, and the dates you were treated. Also keep a record of the workers’ compensation payments you receive.
  • Check Your Payments: Are your payments for the right amount? Are they being delayed or have they stopped completely? If you have any trouble getting paid or the amount of your weekly payment seems wrong, please contact us as soon as possible.

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Our blog offers answers to frequently asked questions regarding workers' compensation claims, as well as other helpful information. We recommend reading the following blog posts:

Workers' Compensation FAQ:

  • Q:How much does it cost to hire a workers' compensation lawyer?

    A:Our team of workers' compensation attorneys offer representation on what's known as a "contingency fee" basis. This means that you only pay us if we obtain workers' compensation on your behalf. At that point, we deduct our fee as a percentage from the settlement that you receive. If we aren't able to win your case for you, you won't owe us anything.

  • Q:How long do you have to report an injury at work?

    A:In Michigan you are required to report any work injuries to your employer in writing within 90 days of your accident. However, it's recommended that you don't wait that long to actually report the injury. You should report any work injury to your employee as soon as it happens so that you can get started filing your claim and so that any necessary evidence can be preserved.

  • Q:What is Michigan's workers' compensation statute of limitations?

    A:If you wait more than 2 years after the date your injury occurs, you may be unable to file a workers' compensation claim. 

Your Workers’ Compensation Claims

The Representative Is Not Your Friend

The basis of Michigan workers’ compensation law is that in return for protection against personal injury lawsuits when employees get hurt or suffer from an occupational disease, companies must provide insurance to pay for those workers’ medical costs, lost wages, and necessary vocational retraining.

Unfortunately, workers’ compensation insurance companies train their claims adjusters and other representatives in tactics to minimize what they must pay out. The rules, procedures, and requirements can be intimidating, and it can be costly to believe what your claim representative tells you.

A claim representative’s focus on protecting his or her company’s profits may be the most important reason you need an experienced workers’ compensation law firm on your side.

Problems we have overcome for our valued clients in greater Detroit, Traverse City, and throughout Michigan, include:

  • Claim denials for a variety of invalid medical, technical or legal reasons
  • Stopping or minimizing your benefits
  • Insistence that you cannot see your own doctor after the first 10 days from reporting your claim — or otherwise advising you against receiving care you truly need
  • Unfair demands involving an “independent” (we say “insurance”) medical examiner (IME), such as setting required appointments without enough notice or using a biased evaluation to force you back to work before you are ready

Communicating With the Insurer on Your Behalf

Dealing with sharp, highly trained insurance company representatives can be one of the most intimidating obstacles to getting fair compensation after a work injury. It may seem like the insurance company has all the resources and angles — until you involve a focused, experienced attorney.

Insurance companies are profit-focused. Their goal may be to find a way to deny your claim or minimize their payout, regardless of the impact on your health and future.

Some tactics our clients have encountered are:

  • Insistence that you continue treatment only with the company doctor beyond the first 10 days after your injury
  • Lengthy delays in payment of your benefits, or issuance of inaccurate “low-ball” checks
  • Scheduling appointments with “independent” (we say “insurance”) medical examiners (IMEs) without giving you proper notice
  • Being followed and videotaped in the effort to shed doubt on a valid claim
  • Subtle threats and warnings, including being advised not to hire an attorney
  • Other harassment or deception about your rights under the law and eligibility for benefits
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How We Can Help with Your Claim

At Adler Firm, PLLC, we have decades of experience helping injured workers and their families throughout the state of Michigan navigate the procedures required to get quality medical care, money to replace lost wages, and vocational retraining.

Beginning with a free consultation, often by telephone to save you the pain and difficulty of travel when you are hurt or ill, we can advise you on exactly what to do after an injury or the onset of a work-related disease. Key steps include promptly reporting your injury to your employer and getting quality medical treatment.

After 10 days, Michigan workers’ compensation law allows you the opportunity to see a physician of your choice. Our attorney can keep tabs on your condition and treatment and make certain you know your obligations — so you remain on solid legal ground should any dispute involving your claim arise.

Workers’ compensation insurance companies are motivated to deny claims and minimize payouts to protect their profits. No matter how legitimate your injury or illness and inability to work, you could find yourself fighting for your rights. Through strong negotiation and advocacy at hearings and trials, we have won benefits for thousands of our valued clients.

Having a proven Michigan workers' compensation lawyer on your side is essential if your claim is denied for any reason, benefit checks are delayed or stop coming, or your company insists you return to work before you are physically able.

We want to know, and we will respond with counsel and action if, for example:

  • You have been waiting for a check that is now weeks or months late
  • The insurance company is refusing to pay a valid medical bill
  • Your employer contacts you with demands, concerns or an ultimatum

We’re here to protect your rights. Call us at (888) 966-9524 to reach our workers' compensation lawyer in Michigan and learn more about your workers' comp claim.

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