Grand Rapids Workers Compensation Law
If you have been injured at work or denied workers compensation benefits, you may be entitled to workers compensation. The workers compensation attorneys at Tanis Schultz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, have many years of experience collecting workers compensation benefits for their clients throughout the state — and they can help you take control of your workers compensation situation. Our workers compensation attorneys will fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
Filing a workers compensation suit is more like filing an insurance claim than a lawsuit. Tanis Schultz seek damages for all types of construction, industrial, factory and heavy equipment accidents including most major and minor injuries:
- Back Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Sight Loss
- Hearing Loss
- Neck Injuries
- Brain Injury
- Muscle Tears
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ligament tears
- Knee injuries
- Hip injuries
- Ankle injuries
- Leg injuries
- Repetitive trauma
- Vision or Hearing loss
Michigan workers compensation laws — through insurance policies held by the employer —cover most employees. Some on-the-job injuries may not merit workers‘ compensation insurance benefits, including self-inflicted injuries, injuries incurred while an employee is breaking the law and injuries incurred while the employee is not working.
To determine whether or not you are eligible for workers‘ compensation, we advise you to speak to your employer and then consult with our attorney who specializes in workers‘ compensation laws.
When injured at work, you should give notice immediately to your employer, complete an accident report and contact an attorney. NEVER QUIT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If you quit your job you may give up any workers compensation claim you may be entitled. Your employer then has 30 days to investigate the claim and make a decision. Your employer has the right to schedule you for an appointment with the company‘s doctor but also schedule appointments with your own doctor. All medical expenses resulting from the injury should be paid but make sure all medical records are furnished to the employer. Employers are required to pay the bill for injuries, regardless of fault.
If you‘ve been injured on the job, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover:
- Medical Benefits
- Weekly payments for wage loss (while unable to work)
- General Expenses
- Vocational rehabilitation (job training, placement)
The formula to determine wage loss benefits in Michigan is 80 percent of an employee‘s after-tax salary. They benefit will be based on the 39 highest weeks of pay during the past year if employee‘s paycheck varies each week.
When should you hire an attorney to represent you in a workers compensation claim?:
- You have been injured at work and have questions you need answered. Keep in mind that your employer has experienced attorneys working their behalf so you will want to obtain as much information as possible. You will need to be informed of your rights and Michigan workers Compensation laws.
- Your workers compensation benefits have been denied. For either an initial request or an appeal to a denial an experienced workers Compensation Attorney will file a petition on your behalf requesting benefits. You attorney will obtain all medical records regarding the injury and discuss your ailments with your treating doctors. On some occasions your attorney will help you find the right doctor to best treat you injuries. After obtaining all required medical documentation your attorney will then try to settle your case with your best interest in mind. There are several different ways to resolve a workers compensation case including a trial, voluntary payment agreement or settlement.
- Your workers compensation benefits have been terminated. An experienced attorney will help you with the appropriate paperwork to help reinstate your benefits.
- You would like to settle your current workers compensation case. You will want to contact an attorney to negotiate with your employer‘s attorney to get the best settlement amount for you.
There are numerous steps leading to a workers compensation lawsuit:
- Initial consultation with attorney to discuss facts of case and obtain medical information and records.
- Depending on the case, try to contact the employer to negotiate a settlement.
- Request a hearing date from workers compensation agency that will either be a Pre-trial or Mediation. If the attorney and client decide to proceed with mediation which are preferred for smaller cases to try and resolve the case faster. If the claim is not settled in mediation it will be scheduled for Trial. During a Pretrial each attorney will furnish any necessary medical records not already submitted and decide on a Trial date, you are not required to appear at a Pre-trial.
- All relevant medical records must be submitted to the Judge and opposing counsel to review before the Trial. The majority of workers compensation cases are settled without the necessity of trial. If a trial is necessary a Judge will decide whether the employer/insurance company is responsible for paying your workers compensation benefits.
If you are currently trying to determine whether you have a workers compensation claim with your current employer, please contact our office for your free phone consultation. All workers compensation cases are contingency cases, therefore if we don‘t win your case we do not get paid.