Implant could one day help paralyzed walk again

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Cutting edge research gives hope to people with spinal cord injury and what you need to know about lifetime medical benefits under Michigan workers comp. We previously wrote¬†about a study published in the Oxford Journal Brain showing electrical stimulation could be used to produce voluntary activity in paralyzed patients. Experts interviewed by CNN believed this […]

2014 Top Ten Workers’ Compensation Fraud Cases

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Workers’ compensation fraud costs millions of dollars but it’s not what you think. Attorney & adjunct law professor Leonard T. Jernigan Jr. has published his 2014 list of the top ten workers’ compensation fraud cases. He found employee fraud represented $450,000 while non-employee fraud cost a staggering $74,876,000. Five of the top ten fraud cases […]

New safety warning regarding text messages (no really!)

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

How ergonomics can protect employees from musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive strain injuries in the workplace. The Washington Post published a fascinating story about “text neck” and how it’s leading to problems with the cervical spine. Researchers say that staring at a smartphone with poor posture can sometimes lead to early wear-and-tear, degeneration, and even surgery. […]

New Mileage Reimbursement Rate Effective 01/01/2015

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Agency releases new mileage reimbursement rate and how to collect what you are owed from the insurance company. We have seen some insurance companies pay medical bills but refuse mileage reimbursement. A common excuse is that a claim was not properly submitted. This creates an absurd situation where medical treatment is authorized but the person […]

New bureaucratic hurdles for opioid reimbursement

Posted on: January 14th, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

New reimbursement rules effective 12/26/14 and how these administrative changes will unnecessarily limit medical treatment. Access to medical care is the most important benefit under workers’ compensation. Michigan law requires payment of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment. This includes prescription medications. Opioids are medications that relieve pain. They are commonly prescribed for work injuries […]

The wind chill is how many degrees below zero? Is that even possible?

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency promotes winter safety with new awareness campaign. We suffered some brutally cold weather last week. Low temperatures and gusty winds resulted in wind chills of 15 to 24 below zero. This is not just uncomfortable but potentially dangerous weather. Michigan saw a spike in work comp claims in late January early […]

Should student-athletes be allowed to join a union?

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Michigan Legislature passes ban on union membership for student-athletes but misses the real issue regarding workers’ compensation. The Detroit Free Press has reported that legislation banning student-athletes from joining unions is now on its way to Governor Snyder. We have taken a special interest in this topic because student-athletes are not considered employees for purposes […]

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