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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Widow speaks out after industrial accident

Another tragic loss shows why employee safety must be a priority and how workers’ compensation benefits are often inadequate.

WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 reports on a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident. Russel Sharenbroch was crushed to death while working at the Grand Rapids Plastics Company. He was polishing a machine when another employee, who did not know he was inside, turned it on.

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First Day of Autumn (Autumnal Equinox) 2014

Safety tips for working outside in the cooler months.

September 23, 2014 is the first day of fall. Even though temperatures are moderate, this is going to change very quickly.

Average low temperatures for October are in the 30s and 40s. We want you to be safe while working outside in the colder months.

Here are some resources and information you can use. A little knowledge goes a long way to preventing injury.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – 2014 Edition

Our list of the most frequently asked questions and answers when someone first calls our office.

Most people never consider what happens if they are hurt at work. The idea of having to file a workers comp claim is overwhelming. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that new callers want to know.

Q. How do I file for workers comp?

A. Tell your employer within 90 days of injury and ask for benefits within 2 years. It is the responsibility of your employer to contact the insurance company and make a claim. If your employer refuses to cooperate, file an Employee’s Report of Claim (Form WC-117) with the State of Michigan. Notification will be sent to both the employer and its insurance company.

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Hotels, Meals, and Mileage

Travel reimbursement rates under workers compensation in Michigan.

Some of our clients must travel far distances for their medical treatment. Reimbursement for lodging, meals, and mileage should be provided under workers compensation.

Here are the current rates effective January 1, 2014.

Mileage (per mile): $0.56
Lodging (per day): $75.00 plus taxes
Breakfast: $7.25, $8.75*
Lunch: $7.25, $8.75*
Dinner: $16.50, $21.00*

*Select cities (All of Wayne County, All of Oakland County, Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Detroit, Holland, Mackinac Island, Pontiac, South Haven)

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New Fall TV Schedule

Our tongue-in-cheek look at new TV shows premiering this fall.

We are excited that new TV shows have started premiering. It’s nice to escape reality and just be entertained for a couple hours.

We also believe that laugher is the best medicine. Here is our tongue-in-cheek list of TV shows that we want to see on the fall schedule.

1. “Married With No Income”

The story of a disabled man who tries to support his family after being cut-off by the insurance company.

2. “Snyder”

A comedy about giving tax breaks to millionaires while cutting workers’ compensation benefits.

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Why is the insurance company denying my claim?

Insight into the mind of employers and insurance companies who dispute workers compensation claims.

We represent nice people who get treated poorly by employers and insurance companies. It is easy to become cynical and just blame it on greed.

This is especially true when looking at statistics published by the State of Michigan. Some insurance companies dispute claims at rate four times the state-wide average.

There are always two sides to every story. Here are 3 ways that employers and insurance companies see disputed claims differently.

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Vote in the 2014 election!

Changes to workers’ compensation show why elections are important.

The AFL-CIO  recently posted 5 Reasons Why Rick Snyder Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections. Reason No. 2 includes cutting workers’ compensation.

We are glad this issue is finally getting some attention. Here are some ways that workers’ compensation has changed under Rick Snyder.

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