Workers’ Compensation Hearing Process in Michigan
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After you have been injured on the job in Michigan, you are to report the injury to your immediate supervisor. In the case of a repetitive stress or strain injury, the report should occur as soon as you are aware that a pain issue or another health problem is related to work activities. Your report to your supervisor may be a verbal report. Your employer will probably then ask you to report your injury on a prescribed written form. It is recommended that you keep a copy of any written report and also document the date and time that you reported your injury verbally to your supervisor.
This is also a good time to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney. A workers’ compensation attorney is your advocate helping you navigate the workers’ compensation system and working on your behalf to recover the full value of your claim. At Adler Firm, PLLC, our Michigan workers' comp appeals attorney has the experience and successful track record needed to help you through the hearing process.
What Questions Are Asked at a Workers' Comp Hearing?
At your hearing the workers' compensation judge will ask you a variety of questions pertaining to:
- Your accident - How it occurred, what exactly happened, etc.
- Evidence supporting your claim - Medical records, testimonies, doctor's opinions, etc.
- Your injury - What types of injuries you sustained, what kind of treatment you received, etc.
Your appeals attorney can help you put together a folder of all of the documents needed, as well as help prepare you to answer any questions that may come up during the hearing.
How Long Does a Workers' Comp Hearing Take?
It generally takes 2-3 months to get a hearing scheduled, but if you have an urgent case you can sometimes request to have it scheduled within a month. When the day of your hearing finally arrives, you should expect to spend several hours at the hearing. However, if your case is particularly complicated your hearing may take several days. Consult with your lawyer to get a better understanding of how long your individual hearing will take.
Contact Us Before or After Your Workers’ Comp Claim Has Been Denied
You can talk to a Michigan workers’ compensation appeals lawyer at our law firm at any time during the process of applying for benefits. Initial consultations at Adler Firm, PLLC, are free. Our law firm has adeptly handled workers’ compensation claims in Michigan for more than 30 years. With offices in Detroit and Traverse City, we are prepared to serve individuals throughout the state. Most of our clients contact us after they have encountered a problem such as a denial of a workers’ compensation claim.
Guiding You Through the Appeals Process
Depending on the particulars of your on-the-job injury and your workers’ compensation claim, you may be required to apply for a hearing before a magistrate after your claim has been denied.
The facts of each case are different. We are prepared to steer you through the myriad laws and processes that pertain to your case. If your case requires a hearing before a magistrate, we are committed to representing you, using our vast knowledge and experience to successfully prove your claim for compensation.
Trusted Workers’ Comp Appeals Lawyer in Michigan
Our founding attorney Barry Adler, a lifelong Detroit-area resident before recently moving to Traverse City, authored the workers’ compensation section of the Michigan Lawyer’s Manual. He has the highest possible rating of “AV Preeminent” in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review system. He has also spoken on our practice areas at numerous legal seminars.
Please contact a lawyer at our office today if your workers’ compensation claim has been denied. Call toll free or email our law firm through this website. We are prepared to guide you through all phases and processes of your legitimate claim. We are determined and focused on winning fair compensation for people injured on the job.
Allow us to guide you through the hearing process when you call our Michigan workers' compensation appeals attorney to help you in your workers’ compensation claim or appeal at (888) 966-9524. Contact our firm today.