TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Michigan attorney discusses workmans comp issues raised in the pilot episode.

The attorneys in our office are big science fiction fans. Alex is even the founder of Phantasia Press and has published several notable books. We were delighted to hear that Marvel would be creating a TV series based upon its universe of characters.

The first episode premiered last week and followed a seemingly ordinary man (Mike) who uses super strength to save a woman from a building explosion. It is up to S.H.I.E.L.D to investigate and defend the world if necessary.

Turns out that Mike suffered a back injury at work and has now been enhanced by super-soldier solution. He is in danger of exploding and causing mass casualties. Several issues regarding workmans comp were brought up in this episode and we thought it would be fun to comment.

Experimental medicine

Workmans comp should pay all reasonable and necessary medical treatment. This includes doctor visits, medication, physical therapy, and surgery.

Experimental procedures that have a small likelihood of success are not covered. We cannot see any insurance company authorizing payment for a super-solider solution like “Extremis”.

Favored work

Employers sometimes offer favored work to employees who are hurt on-the-job. This substitutes for the payment of wage loss benefits.

Mike wants to come back to work. His employer refuses telling him that other people are available who will not complain about back pain. This type of discrimination is common.

Revenge against the boss

Most people are upset when their workmans comp benefits are denied. This results in bad decisions being made. Never quit your job out of anger or threaten your boss!

Mike was faced with the prospect of no job and trying to provide for his son. This stress combined with side-effects from Extremis made him very dangerous. He lashed out against his boss and threw him across the room. This type of behavior would put Mike in jail and he would forfeit workmans comp benefits.

To speak with a Michigan workmans comp attorney, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. We never charge a fee unless successful with your case.

- Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

Related information:

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About Jeffrey Kaufman

Jeffrey E. Kaufman is a Michigan workers compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Alex Berman, PC. Jeffrey believes all injured workers deserve to be on equal footing with insurance companies and employers, and fights tenaciously so their rights are secured and protected.
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