Workers’ Comp Claim Process in Michigan
Guidance Through the Workers' Comp Process
No one anticipates being seriously hurt at work. Even people in high-risk occupations are often unsure of their rights after a lifting injury, fall, on-the-job vehicle accident — or the onset of a disabling condition such as chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). At Adler Firm, PLLC, we have helped thousands of people in Michigan navigate the workers’ compensation claim process and get benefits. Unlike lawyers who may only offer representation if your claim is disputed, we welcome your call any time and can schedule a same-day appointment if time is of the essence for you.
Critical Steps After A Work Injury
The steps you take after an injury are very important. Make sure you are clear on what you should do after an injury.
Critical steps include:
- You should notify your employer as promptly as you can and see your own doctor
- The company may require you to treat with their clinic for the first 10 days of medical care, but not after that
- Keeping copies of all documents relating to your medical condition and claim may also prove critical
You must do these things to protect your right to recover workers’ compensation benefits.
A valid workers’ compensation claim entitles you to prompt payment of a substantial percentage of your lost wages. Under Michigan workers’ compensation laws, you are entitled to unlimited medical care with doctors you choose, and vocational retraining and education necessary for you to perform another type of work.
Unsure of the Status of Your Claim? Have Benefit Checks Stopped Coming?
At any point, you could run into a problem with your benefits. If checks never come, are delayed without cause, stop coming, or are not as much as you think they should be, you need a lawyer to intervene.
If you run into any type of claim dispute or denial, you definitely need a lawyer, because:
- The workers’ compensation insurer will have its own skilled attorneys.
- The process of applying for and preparing for a hearing to resolve the dispute will be complex, and the burden of providing medical evidence will be challenging.
- If your attorney can negotiate with the insurance company and avoid a hearing, you may receive the money you need much sooner — avoiding a wait of many months or even years due to the large backlog of workers’ compensation cases already in the system.
Lump-Sum Settlement of Workers’ Comp Claims
Many injured or ill workers prefer to receive a lump-sum settlement of their workers’ compensation claims rather than receive on-going weekly payments for wage loss, as well as medical care and vocational rehabilitation.
Our attorney is an effective negotiator and skilled litigator who strives to resolve workers’ comp claim disputes in a manner that is most advantageous to our clients.
To speak to an attorney about the possibility of receiving a lump-sum settlement of your workers’ compensation case, please call us. It costs you nothing to discuss your case with us. The initial consultation is free of charge and you will pay no attorney fees unless we settle your case.
There are two categories of workers’ compensation clients who may request a lump-sum settlement of their claims:
Workers Whose Claims Have Been Denied
If your workers’ compensation claim was wrongfully denied, our attorney can dispute the denial decision through the appeals process and show that you are entitled to benefits. You may request compensation in the form of a lump-sum settlement.
Workers Whose Benefits Have Been Stopped
If your workers’ compensation benefits have wrongfully been terminated, we can dispute the termination of payment and seek either a lump-sum settlement of your claim or the reinstatement of weekly lost wage payments and medical care.
At Adler Firm, PLLC, 80 to 90 percent of clients involved in disputes over workers’ comp benefits resolve their claims in a lump-sum settlement or have their benefits reinstated retroactively to the time they were stopped. To learn if we can be of service to you, please contact an attorney at our firm today for a free consultation. We bring more than 30 years of legal experience to the practice of workers’ compensation law in Michigan.
For all workers’ compensation claims-related matters, you can turn to our professional and seasoned Michigan attorney. Call us today at (888) 966-9524 for a free consultation.