2015 Calculation Program Released

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Agency updates its calculation program for 2015 and a warning about double checking the math. Insurance companies frequently make errors and they are never in your favor. We have represented clients who were paid thousands of dollars less than what is required under Michigan law. Mistakes happen when the insurance company does not receive the […]

I’m not a lawyer – but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

A warning about legal advice on the Internet and why you must speak with a licensed attorney in your geographical area. I received a frantic telephone call from a former client last week. He settled his case several months ago and had questions about administering his Medicare Set-Aside account. He tried to find answers by watching […]

Firefighters get presumption for cancer diagnosis

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Michigan Legislature passes firefighter cancer presumption but leaves out funding mechanism. Governor Snyder recently signed Senate Bill 0211 creating a firefighter cancer presumption in Michigan. Any respiratory tract, bladder, skin, brain, kidney, blood, thyroid, testicular, prostate, or lymphatic cancer will be presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment. The burden is […]

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 […]

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