Celebrating Labor Day 2014

Holiday weekend should be a reminder of the importance of organized labor and what you can do to support union membership.

Our law firm will be closed on September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day. This federal holiday is held on the first Monday in September and is dedicated to American workers.

Labor Day is also the unofficial last day of summer. It gives families a chance to spend time together enjoying late summer weather.

We hope that you take sometime this weekend to reflect on the contributions of the labor movement and how American workers built this great nation. This is especially important now that right-to-work legislation has been passed in our state.

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Michigan’s workers compensation law unconstitutional?

What an erosion of medical and wage loss benefits means for the future of workers compensation in Michigan.

A Miami judge has ruled that Florida’s workers compensation law is unconstitutional. He found that successive state legislatures had so diminished medical care and wage loss benefits that the statute now violates employees “fundamental” rights. This issue will most likely be decided by the Florida Supreme Court.

Attorneys in Michigan have been openly discussing this same reality for years. Michigan’s law has become so unfair that it violates due process and equal protection. Could Michigan be the next state to find its workers compensation law unconstitutional?

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Beauty queen caught in workers compensation scandal

California woman competing in beauty pageant caught in workers compensation fraud investigation.

ABC News has another story on employee workers compensation fraud. This time it’s a California woman who was caught competing in a beauty pageant while collecting workers compensation benefits. She apparently suffered a toe injury at a grocery store and was unable to work.

California insurance officials allege that she participated in at least two beauty contests while collecting workers compensation benefits. Online video shows her wearing high heels and walking without any signs of discomfort.

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NCAA Loses Ed O’Bannon Lawsuit

How federal court ruling could pave the way for revenue sharing with student-athletes and possible other changes.

USA Today reports on a federal court decision finding  NCAA limits on student-athletes violate  antitrust laws. The issue revolves around revenue sharing with student-athletes for their names, images, and likenesses.

Schools and conferences will now be allowed to deposit money – on a limited basis - into trusts payable to the student-athlete when he or she leaves school or eligibility ends.

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Appellate Commission Reappointments Announced

Governor Rick Snyder makes reappointments to Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission (MCAC).

The MCAC is tasked with hearing appeals from the Board of Magistrates. It’s role is to review workers compensation awards and denials.

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the reappointments of Lester Owczarski, of West Bloomfield,  Jack Wheatley, of Royal Oak, and George Wyatt III, of East Lansing.

“This is an experienced group of appointees and I look forward to the good work they will continue to do in support of working families and job providers,” Snyder said.

From the Press Release:

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9/11 responders face workers compensation deadline

Michigan firefighters and police officers deployed to New York after 9/11 could have multiple options when it comes to workers compensation benefits.

The New York Post reports that 9/11 responders and volunteers have a 1 month deadline to apply for workers compensation. This will preserve their right to future benefits should it become necessary. 9/11 responders from Michigan should file the appropriate paperwork to protect their legal rights.

Responders can also seek additional benefits in Michigan. Out-of-state injures are covered if the employee was a resident and the contract of hire was made in the state. The employer or insurance carrier will get a credit for any benefits already paid.

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What is an insurance company settlement day?

How insurance company settlement day is like Christmas but everyone is mad about the cost of the gifts.

We attended an insurance company settlement day last week. This was an informal meeting to discuss several of our cases. The insurance company wants to close files and our clients want cash payments.

Settlement is a great option for people who want to move on with their lives. It allows an individual to seek medical treatment on their own terms or get retrained for a new career. Many of our clients simply want to find a new job.

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Watch out for these dirty insurance company tricks

4 ways insurance companies play dirty and how you can protect your legal rights under workers comp.

Navigating a workers comp claim is difficult. Most people feel overwhelmed and put their faith in the insurance company. This is a mistake and can really cost you.

Here are 4 ways  insurance companies play dirty. Having an attorney on your side is the best way to protect your legal rights.

1. Doctor “shopping” for the IME

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Insurance company pays settlement with loose change

Michigan workers comp lawyer discusses the settlement process and when you can expect payment.

An NBC affiliate in Southern California has a bizarre story about a man who received settlement proceeds in the form of loose change. The insurance company dropped off $21,000 in quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.

While this story has some people laughing it is a serious matter. It caused the plaintiff additional stress and makes a joke out of the process.

Here is what you can expect when settling a Michigan workers comp case.

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Building Up Residential Safety Day

MIOSHA launches residential construction safety initiative on August 14, 2014.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that over 37% of construction fatalities in Michigan occurred in the residential setting. This is not surprising considering the dangers associated with residential construction.

MIOSHA has invited residential employers across Michigan to participate in “Building Up Residential Safety Day” on August 14, 2014.  MIOSHA compliance and consultation staff will visit Michigan residential worksites and will focus on specific hazards/areas as requested by the employer. There will be no citations and no penalties. Participants must agree to correct all serious conditions.

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