Understanding Workers’ Compensation Settlements in Michigan
When a Michigan employee suffers a work-related injury, that worker is entitled to compensation for the costs that arise from that injury, including:
- Lost wages compensation, generally a percentage of your income
- Medical care and treatment related to your injury
- Vocational retraining in the event that you are unable to return to your job
In most cases a worker receives worker’s compensation benefits voluntarily. Most injured workers return to work with the same employer and do not suffer permanent disabling injuries.
Redemption of Liability for Workers’ Compensation Claims
However, a significant number of claims are disputed for a variety of reasons. In these cases, and in cases where benefits are ongoing, it is possible to negotiate with the employer and its insurance carrier for a lump-sum settlement. In Michigan, this is called a “redemption of liability.”
Avoid the Lengthy Process | Workers’ Comp Settlements in Michigan
If a claim is disputed, the workers’ compensation process is lengthy and difficult for most injured workers, often including an initial application, medical examinations, stopped or delayed benefits, and a lengthy hearing process.
Many clients want to avoid the difficult workers’ compensation process by negotiating a settlement of the claim. In a workers’ compensation settlement in Michigan, an injured party typically gives up the right to receive any further benefits in exchange for a lump-sum settlement. This can include past and future lost wages, medical care, and vocational rehabilitation.
Get the Help You Need
To make sure you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled, it is important to work with an experienced attorney when negotiating a workers’ compensation settlement.
The attorneys at Adler Firm, PLLC, have more than 35 years of experience. We know how benefits are calculated, and we know how to settle a case in a way that will get you the maximum compensation available to you.
You will not be asked to pay us unless we win. Our fees are 15 percent of the first $25,000 we help you receive in workers’ compensation benefits, and 10 percent of any benefits we help you receive above $25,000. If benefits are being paid voluntarily at the time of the settlement, our fees are only 10 percent.
The Adler Firm, PLLC: Working for Workers’ Rights Since 1986
We have more than 30 years of experience handling Michigan workers’ compensation settlements for clients in the Detroit area, Traverse City, and elsewhere in Michigan. To speak with a Detroit workers’ compensation lawyer from the firm, call or contact us online.