Happy Halloween!

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Our tongue-in-cheek list of Halloween costume ideas for the scary people involved in your workers’ compensation case. We think humor is a great stress reliever for people fighting to get on workers’ compensation. Claimants must deal with a variety of “professionals” and some of them can be downright scary. Here is our tongue-in-cheek list of […]

Should you lie about getting hurt at work?

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

What happens if an employer tells you to lie about getting hurt on-the-job and how to protect your legal rights under Michigan workers’ compensation? A distressed woman called our office last week regarding her grandson. She was convinced the employer would not live up to its promises if the grandson lied to emergency room doctors […]

Updated Magistrate Disposition Statistics

Posted on: October 25th, 2016 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) releases updated magistrate disposition statistics covering period 01/01/16 through 08/31/16. Statistics provided by the WCA show magistrates have given 12 open awards, 7 closed periods, and 19 denials so far this year. The time period covers 01/01/16 until 08/31/16. An open award is when a magistrate orders payment of continuing wage […]

Side effects of spinal cord injury mitigated with human stem cells in mice

Posted on: October 20th, 2016 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

New research using human stem cells shows promise for reducing chronic pain and bladder dysfunction. A fascinating article was posted on regarding human stem cells being used to reduce chronic neuropathic pain and bladder dysfunction in mice. Researches used a novel approach of implanting stem cells into regions where circuits are known to be […]

What does your magistrate really think about a specific legal issue?

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Magistrate opinion search tool gets much needed makeover and how you can research important workers’ compensation issues. The Agency recently announced an update to its document management system with several user-friendly improvements. Magistrate opinions mailed after January 1, 2006 can now be searched and viewed online. Users can search by plaintiff or defendant. This is […]

Workers’ compensation safety net broken?

Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) publishes 2016 study showing less workers’ compensation benefits paid in Michigan. Legislation signed by Governor Snyder in 2011 changed how wage loss benefits are calculated for disabled employees. Michigan businesses have now saved almost $400 million in total costs over the last five years. The pure premium rate has […]

Minimum standards recommended for workers’ compensation

Posted on: October 13th, 2016 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

U.S. Department of Labor suggests federal oversight of state workers’ compensation systems and why this is necessary to combat extreme reform efforts. NPR has published an interesting article regarding federal oversight of state workers’ compensation systems. It has linked to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor calling for minimum standards in the face […]

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