Our annual list of top 10 facts and statistics for Michigan workers’ compensation.
Fact #1: The maximum rate for 2018 is $900.00 per week. This is based upon a state-wide average weekly wage of $999.31. High wage earners are capped at $46,800.00 annually regardless of their actual salary.
Fact #2: Travel reimbursement is $0.545 per mile beginning January 1, 2018. Meal rates for select cities are $10.25 for breakfast, $10.25 for lunch, and $24.25 for dinner. Reimbursement for lodging is $75.00 plus taxes.
Fact #3: Michigan law requires payment of wage loss to commence on the 14th day. The 2017 Pay Lag Report shows group funds take an average of 16 days to start payment, self-insureds take an average of 14 days, and insurance carriers take 17 days.
Fact #4: The 2017 Notice of Dispute Report shows the percentage of voluntary pay claims that are eventually disputed but not litigated. The average for all insurance companies in Michigan was 9.0% for 2017. Some insurance companies have dispute rates exceeding 40%.
Fact #5: There were 5,940 cases opened in 2017. This represents a 52% drop compared to 2007.
Fact #6: The average workers’ compensation settlement was $58,156.09 in 2017.
Fact #7: Redemptions accounted for 73% of total dispositions in 2017.
Fact #8: Detroit has the largest number of files with 3,169 pending cases. Okemos is second busiest with 1,700 pending cases. Pontiac is third with 1,183 pending cases.
Fact #9: Magistrates gave just 10 open awards in 2017. Closed periods represent another 21 awards. A total of 28 claims were denied.
Fact #10: The pure premium advisory rate will drop by an average of 9.3% for 2018. Michigan employers have now seen a 45% decrease since 2011 reforms were enacted saving them an estimated $446 million.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.
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