At Miller Cohen, PLC, we know a workers' compensation matter brings up many questions and concerns. Our attorneys are there to give you all the information you need if you were hurt at work, starting with the answers to the following frequently asked questions.
Is My Injury Covered?
While a broad range of incidents and injuries are covered by workers' compensation, in Michigan, there are some exceptions. If you recklessly or intentionally hurt yourself, for instance, you are unlikely to be awarded benefits. You may also be denied coverage if you were drunk, high or violating company policy at the time of your accident.
What Is Included?
Workers' compensation accounts for many costs and needs. Although conservative, payments typically take care of:
- Lost income
- Medical treatment
- Long-term care for permanent injuries
- Retraining expenses
- Compensation for families of workers killed on the job
You can generally expect to receive 80 percent of your average weekly wage after taxes, according to Michigan law. Depending on how long you are out for your injury, you could receive compensation for your first day off.
Can I Receive Benefits If I Return To Work?
It depends. If your accident prevents you from earning equal or greater income than before it happened, you are likely still eligible for partial wage replacement. If you are able to resume work and earn the same income as before your injuries, benefits may be halted.
Can My Boss Fire Me For Filing A Claim?
No. It is against the law for your employer to fire you for filing for workers' compensation or to tell you not to file a work injury claim. If your boss threatens your job or insists that you do not submit a claim, you should report him or her immediately to the State of Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency.
Can I Sue My Employer For Damages?
Yes. You can sue your employer for taking reckless or premeditated actions that led up to your injuries. If you choose this legal route, however, keep in mind that you waive your right to workers' compensation benefits. Instead, if you win your case, a court may award you coverage for medical treatment, lost income and emotional anguish.
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Regardless of the nature of your case, trust our lawyers to handle it with an attentive ear and fierce representation. Schedule a free initial consultation by filling out our online form or by calling 313-566-4787 or 800-221-6021.