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Category Archives: Wokers comp news
Fascinating news article from South Korea illustrates the differences between workers compensation systems around the globe and in Michigan.
The Korea Times reports on a case involving job inheritance at Hyundai Motor after a workplace death. Apparently, a collective bargaining agreement has a provision that promises to hire a family member of an employee who dies in an industrial accident.
Family members of a deceased worker demanded that Hyundai Motor hire one of the children in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. The company refused and the matter went to court.
New address and telephone number for Pontiac workers compensation agency.
Michigan Administrative Hearing System (MAHS) is moving the Pontiac workers compensation agency to a new location. The new office will be located at 51111 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac, MI 48342.
All cases with hearing dates after May 13, 2013 will be handled at this new location. The office will be located on the first floor of Ottawa Tower I.
The telephone number will be (248) 975-3275 and the fax number will be (248) 975-3274. Click here for a map of the new location.
Workers compensation lawyer talks about Senate Bill 211 and why a firefighter cancer presumption in Michigan is necessary.
Mlive.com has reported on Senate Bill 211 that would create a firefighter cancer presumption in Michigan. Specific types of cancer would be presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment and would be covered under workers compensation.
This legislation is moving forward with bipartisan support. This is not a new debate and past attempts have failed.
Other states have adopted similar laws that presume a connection between workplace carcinogens and firefighters with cancer. The insurance industry has opposed similar provisions.
Workers compensation lawyer discusses WCRI study showing Michigan has the lowest medical costs per claim.
The study represents nearly 60% of the nation’s workers compensation payments. It includes states that are in direct competition for new jobs such as Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Further medical cost reductions are expected as a result of 2011 amendments to the Act. Employer control of medical was extended from 10 days to 28 days. It is estimated that this legislative change will decrease medical payments in the range of another 2 to 4 percent.
NCAA basketball tournament puts spotlight on workers compensation issues after injury to Kevin Ware.
Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware sustained a horrific injury to his leg during last week’s tournament game. College basketball fans across the nation were both shocked and concerned.
CBS News is now reporting that it could put his college education at risk and leave him with substantial medical bills. Most college scholarships last for just one year and the university can opt not to renew.
The article also points out that college athletes are not considered employees for purposes of workers compensation. This means that he may be personally responsible for medical bills over the long term.
News and commentary about workers compensation issues in Michigan.
Access to the Detroit hearing site from the Fisher Building tunnel is now restricted to State of Michigan employees. This change was effective starting on March 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm. We are unhappy with this change as it is inconvenient for our attorneys and requires injured clients to walk in traffic. This is the same Cadillac building that was in jeopardy of a federal lawsuit for not being handicap accessible.
How a decline in your neighbors paycheck could have a big effect on your workers compensation benefits if you get hurt at work.
MLive.com published an interesting article last week about declining wages in Michigan. Not only have we lost thousands of jobs over the last 10 years but paychecks have gotten smaller compared to other states.
“Adjusted for inflation, annual private sector wages fell $2,488 in Michigan during the last decade, but rose $3,008 for all U.S. workers.”
The article points out that this $5,500 wage gap is the equivalent of nine months average rent in the Detroit area or nine months worth of groceries for a four-member family in Grand Rapids.
Michigan Workers Compensation Agency (WCA) allows employers and insurance companies to pay wage loss benefits electronically.
Many of our clients receive weekly checks under workers compensation. These benefits are a lifeline for individuals who cannot work and need to support their family.
Sometimes these weekly checks are late or missing. This can be a disaster and cause real financial hardship for the injured worker.
The days of limping to the mailbox could be gone forever. The WCA has now instituted a rule allowing the payment of lost wages electronically.
New study from Michigan State University raises concerns about the federal government’s system for tracking work-related amputations.
Michigan State University published an interesting article last week in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It found the number of work-related amputations in Michigan was nearly two-and-a-half times higher than federal estimates.
Dr. Kenneth Rosenman, co-author of the study, was critical of the methods used by the federal government for its data collection. “If your numbers are not accurate on how much of a problem there is, how do you know where to deploy your resources, or judge if any of your programs are successful in addressing the problem?”
Michigan Workers Compensation Agency (WCA) releases new docket assignment list including recently appointed magistrates.
The shuffling of magistrates and hearing sites continues. Here is the updated docket assignment list with recently appointed magistrates.
Magistrate Brian Boyle
Magistrate John Buehler
Magistrate Keith Castora
Magistrate David Grunewald
Magistrate Beatrice Logan
Magistrate David Kurtz
Magistrate David Williams
Magistrate E. Louis Ognisanti*
Magistrate Jane Colombo*
Magistrate Robert Tjapkes*
Magistrate Lisa Klaeren*
Magistrate Robert Timmons*
Magistrate Robert Tjapkes*
Magistrate Lisa Woons*
Magistrate E. Louis Ognisanti*