Can you represent yourself in a workers’ comp matter?

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Dangers of representing yourself for workers’ comp and why it costs you nothing to hire a great lawyer. We occasionally get telephone calls from people who have already settled their workers’ comp claim. They are upset about medical bills in collections and the amount of money received. Unfortunately, a workers’ comp claim cannot be reopened […]

Prevent heatstroke? There’s an App for that!

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Take precautions against outdoor environmental hazards using new OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have released a new App designed to minimize risks associated with outdoor heat. It features real-time heat index and hourly forecasts specific to the device location. […]

Welcome Marilyn Chapin!

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Law Offices of Alex Berman, P.C. is proud to announce that Marilyn Chapin has joined our workers’ compensation practice. We are thrilled to announce that Marilyn Chapin has joined our law firm. Marilyn graduated from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1993 and has been practicing workers’ compensation law for more than a […]

Liberty Mutual wins $3.6M in premium lawsuit

Posted on: July 13th, 2017 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Warning for employers who misclassify employees or misrepresent the nature of work performed. Insurance Journal is reporting that Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. has won a case against an employer who refused to pay an additional $3.64 million in workers’ compensation premiums. This dispute arose after a payroll audit showed more high risk employees than were […]

Michigan Workers’ Comp Pop Quiz!

Posted on: July 12th, 2017 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Take our Michigan Workers’ Comp Pop Quiz and see if you are getting all the required benefits. Q1. How much wage loss is paid? Michigan law requires payment of 80% of the after-tax average weekly wage. This can be calculated using the highest 39 paid weeks before injury. It should include overtime and bonuses. Q2. […]

Magistrate Disposition Statistics (01/01/17 – 05/31/17)

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) releases magistrate disposition statistics for first half of 2017. Magistrates are responsible for deciding the facts and law for each workers’ compensation case that cannot be settled. Statistics for the first half of 2017 show just 3 open awards, 6 closed awards, and 11 denials. An open award is when a magistrate orders […]

Opioid prescriptions drop 37%

Posted on: July 6th, 2017 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Michigan sees largest drop in opioid prescriptions in new 26 state survey. Opioid addiction has become a major problem nationwide. People are dying and this is a real crisis. We have seen some of our own clients struggle with this issue. Our job as workers’ compensation lawyers is to advocate for employee health and safety. […]

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