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Travelers insurance accused of not providing needed medical care

Neurologist selected by Travelers accused of providing false information in workers’ comp matter that led to denied benefits. We saw an article about a man living in Florida who was seriously injured in a workplace explosion but could not get needed medical care. He reports concussion-like symptoms including headaches, insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety, light sensitivity, […]

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Slip and Falls, Car Accidents, Exposure

Winter finally grips Michigan and what employees should know about workers’ compensation. Michigan has finally experienced winter weather over the last couple weeks. We have seen heavy snow, accumulating ice, air temperatures below zero, and dangerous wind chills that felt colder than Alaska. News from across the country shows other states have not fared much […]

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Illegal employment of minors and workers’ compensation

Warning for Michigan businesses who illegally employ minors and potential consequences if they are hurt on-the-job. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has fined a Grand Rapids manufacturer $28,474 for child labor violations. A 17-year-old employee suffered an amputation of his right index finger while operating an unguarded band saw. It was found the company […]

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Magistrate Disposition Statistics (2018)

Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) releases magistrate disposition statistics covering period 01/01/18 through 12/31/18. Statistics provided by the WCA show magistrates gave 17 open awards, 16 closed awards, and 28 denials in 2018. An open award is when a magistrate orders payment of continuing wage loss and medical benefits. A closed award is when a magistrate […]

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We have the largest reported workers’ compensation settlements in 2018

Jeffrey Kaufman and Alex Berman obtain largest reported workers’ compensation settlements in 2018. Michigan Lawyers Weekly publishes an annual list of the highest reported verdicts and settlements in the state. We are proud to announce that Jeffrey Kaufman and Alex Berman have obtained the largest reported workers’ compensation settlements in 2018. Michigan law allows a […]

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It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Drone Surveillance

Insurance companies use drone surveillance to spy on claimants looking for potential fraud. I had the privilege of co-moderating the MAJ Workers’ Compensation/Social Security Seminar this year. We had speakers covering everything from the recent election, medical proofs, and updated case law. One of the speakers discussed surveillance and how insurance companies are using new […]

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Magistrate Appointments/Reappointments Announced

Governor Gretchen Whitmer makes appointments/reappointments to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates. Governor Whitmer has appointed David DeGraw, Michael Heck, Philip Della Santina, Emil Louis Ognisanti, Chris Slater, Luke McMurray, and David Grunewald to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates. Each will serve for a term expiring January 26, 2023. The Board of Magistrates consists […]

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Updated Health Care Services Rules/Fee Schedule (Effective January 8, 2019)

WCA releases updated Health Care Services Rules/Fee Schedule and what medical providers need to know when billing workers’ compensation insurance. The WCA has released updated Health Care Services Rules and Fee Schedule with an effective date of January 8, 2019. Highlights include updated source document listings and conversion factor. Also, new definition and rule language […]

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Opioid death and workers’ compensation

Michigan workers’ compensation law places little value on human life when someone dies from an opioid overdose. Yesterday’s blog post was about the chances of dying from an opioid overdose increasing to 1 in 96. This statistic is a reminder about the dangers of opioid addiction and shows how bad the epidemic has become. We […]

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Chance of dying from opioid overdose 1 in 96

Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose than a motor vehicle accident. CBS News is reporting that the odds of dying from an opioid overdose have increased to 1 in 96. Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car accident, from a fall, a gun assault, pedestrian accident, […]

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