Redemption Order (Form WC-113)

Why the redemption order is so important and a list of items that will be included as part of your Michigan workers comp settlement.

A redemption hearing is the most important step in the settlement process. It is when a magistrate reviews medical records and hears reasons for settlement. The magistrate must be convinced that your legal rights have been explained and settlement is in your best interest.

The magistrate will sign a redemption order at the conclusion of the hearing. This is a legal document that shows the total settlement amount and to whom checks must be issued. A redemption can be either approved or denied.

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How doctors get paid under workers’ compensation

What doctors need to know when accepting patients under workers’ compensation.

Many doctors moan and groan when they see a new patient under workers’ compensation. They know getting medical treatment approved is going to be a challenge. Telephone calls to insurance adjusters often go ignored.

The situation becomes even more difficult when medical bills are not being paid and the patient needs additional treatment. Doctors typically give patients the benefit of the doubt and try to work with the situation. Here are some practical tips for dealing with workers’ compensation.

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$8.4 million windfall coming to a community near you

Michigan Municipal League announces 2015 member dividends from Workers’ Compensation Fund.

The Michigan Municipal League has announced that communities throughout the state are expected to share $8.4 million in dividends as part of their July 1, 2015 renewal.

“These dividend payments are a continuing example of the benefit of a member-owned program,” said Michael Forster, director of risk management services for the Michigan Municipal League. ”The fact that our member communities are getting money back shows they are working diligently to make their communities safe places for their employees and residents.”

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Are workers comp patients treated differently?

What orthopedic surgeons need to know about treating workers comp patients and why it really doesn’t matter.

A fascinating journal article was re-posted on OrthoSpineNews last week. It was written by Dr. William J. Holt and gives his perspective on treating workers comp patients. The article also provides a nice overview of the different players in the workers comp system.

Dr. Holt points out that workers comp patients deserve the same level of care that any other patient would receive. He also warns of employers and insurers who attempt to dictate care. Dr. Holt says orthopedic surgeons should not shy away from treating workers comp patients but they should be aware of how the system works.

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Pro Hockey Players Know About Back Pain

Retired Detroit Red Wing shares his perspective on back pain at local forum.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System recently sponsored a forum entitled “Oh My Aching Back” at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Retired Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios was a speaker and commented on the heavy toll that goes along with back pain.

Chelios said the keys to recovering from a back injury are to consult with a doctor, get into a good therapy program and be patient. You can read more of his comments in an article published by the Detroit News.

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Reimbursement Rates For Mileage & Meals – Effective 10/01/14

WCA updates mileage and meal reimbursement rate information.

Many of our clients travel far distances for their medical treatment under workers compensation. Reimbursement for meals, lodging, and mileage is provided under the Act.

The WCA uses the same reimbursement rate for mileage as the IRS. It is periodically adjusted based upon the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The mileage rate will remain at .56 per mile.

The meal reimbursement rate has increased effective October 1, 2014. Use the information below to calculate how much you are owed by the insurance company.

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Magistrate Disposition Statistics (01/01/14 – 08/31/14)

Agency statistics paint bleak picture for plaintiffs seeking workers compensation benefits.

Statistics for 2014 do not look promising for plaintiffs. Only 10 open awards have been granted so far this year. This is contrasted by 26 denials. If you include 12 closed periods, the chances of recovery at trial are less than 50%.

Michigan’s workers compensation law is a compromise of employer and employee interests. It was intended to be remedial and liberally construed to grant, rather than deny, benefits.

The blame falls squarely on the Michigan Legislature when it amended the Act in 2011 making it much harder to prove a case. Many people are forced to settle cheaply or walk away with nothing.

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OSHA Updates Recordkeeping Rule

New recordkeeping rule for severe on-the-job injuries coming to Michigan.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its recordkeeping rule effective January 1, 2015. Changes include updating the list of industries exempt from routine recordkeeping and expanding the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report.

The new federal OSHA rule will require employers to file a detailed report within eight hours of fatal workplace accidents. Severe on-the-job injuries that do not result in death but require hospitalization must be reported within 24 hours.

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National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Raising awareness through education and why insurance company denials under workers comp must be challenged.

The U.S. Congress has designated September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. This important resolution was passed to raise awareness and encourage development of better treatments.

Advances in medical treatments are starting to show promise. We recently blogged about electrical stimulation being used to produce voluntary activity in paralyzed patients and a 3D printed vertebra implant used in China.

Our law firm wants to help raise awareness and we think education is the best approach. Here is some information about medical benefits under workers comp in Michigan.

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Job Search, Job Search, Job Search!

Looking for a new job could make or break your workers’ compensation case.

Our clients moan and groan when told to look for a new job. This seems silly when a person is still technically employed and receiving disability benefits from other sources. Here is why a job search is a critical step in your workers’ compensation case.

The Michigan Legislature enacted major changes to workers’ compensation in 2011. Insurance companies now get a credit for phantom wages that are not actually paid. This is accomplished by hiring a vocational expert to say jobs are available but you are not trying hard enough to find them.

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