- Attendant care
- Back injuries
- Carpal tunnel
- Client testimonials
- Fees and costs
- Guest posts
- Heart condition
- Help for injury victims
- Herniated Disk
- Job search
- Knee injury
- Long term disability
- Lost wages
- Lung injury
- Medical benefits
- Medical bills
- Michigan workers' comp law
- Neck injuries
- Occupational diseases
- Partial disability
- pre-existing condition
- Psychiatric disability
- Reasonable employment
- Repetitive Injury
- Shoulder injury
- Social Security Disability
- Specific loss benefits
- Spinal injury
- Statute of limitations
- Stokes v Chrysler
- Survivor benefits
- Time limits
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Wage earning capacity
- Wage loss
- Wokers comp news
- Workers comp procedure
- Workers compensation lawyers
Category Archives: Wokers comp news
Governor Rick Snyder has announced the appointment of Luke McMurray to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates.
Luke McMurray replaces John Buehler on the Board of Magistrates. His term will expire on January 26, 2015. Docket assignments have not yet been announced.
From the press release: McMurray has specialized in workers’ compensation law for the past 34 years. Before starting his own firm in 1999, McMurray spent 12 years with Reliance Insurance Co., managing the staff counsel in various states. He previously spent six years working on workers’ compensation and negligence cases with private law firms. He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and he earned a degree from the Detroit College of Law.
Workers’ Compensation Agency starts process to implement evidence-based medicine in Michigan.
The workers’ compensation section of the State Bar of Michigan has received proposed rules for the implementation of evidence-based medicine. Director, Kevin A. Elsenheimer, will start the adoption process on February 19, 2014.
Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) has been selected as the single source for the state. Treatment within these guidelines will be presumed reasonable and necessary triggering payment under the Act. Medical care outside the guidelines will not be compensable unless authorized by the director or a magistrate as part of an exception process.
News and commentary regarding workers’ compensation issues in Michigan.
Michigan insurance executive makes list of Top Ten Workers’ Compensation Fraud Cases. It has been reported by Crain’s Detroit Business that former CEO Jerry Stage pled guilty to embezzling approximately $2.6 million from the Compensation Advisory Organization of Michigan (CAOM) during an 11-year period. George Bauer, former bookkeeper for the organization, also pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle for his role.
How the City of Farmington Hills is keeping workers’ compensation costs low by making safety a priority.
We want to acknowledge the City of Farmington Hills for receiving the Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Loss Control Achievement Award. This has been given to the City 17 times over the past 21 years.
Several of our lawyers live in Farmington Hills and our main office is also located in this community. We are thrilled to see the City taking workers’ compensation issues seriously.
According to its 2013 Annual Report mailed to residential customers, Farmington Hills had low workers’ compensation claims and the best safety record in the State.
Warning about profit taking by insurance companies as the pure premium rate continues to plummet.
The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) has announced the issuance of dividend checks to its members. Total payments of $2,581,929.00 represents on average 35% of annual premiums.
MCWCF was established in 1979 for Michigan counties to purchase workers’ compensation insurance at reasonable prices. MCWCF is a non-profit and is made up of over 60 entities.
While it’s nice to see money returned to tax-payers, this is coming at the expense of injured workers. Benefits have been cut across the board since 2011 legislative amendments.
More on emerging technologies and the future of workers compensation litigation.
We previously blogged about Google Glass and how this technology could have an impact on the field of workers compensation litigation. Reports out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) demonstrate another seemingly cool technology on the horizon.
XOEye Technologies has developed safety goggles that can take pictures and stream video over Wi-Fi. This could theoretically allow employers to see accidents in real-time. XOEye’s demonstrated this technology by showing a video from an employee, working on an electrical box, at the company’s office in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
LexisNexis selects 2013 honorees in the category of Top Blogs for Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Issues.
We are thrilled to announce that LexisNexis has again named our blog as top in the field of workers’ compensation. The list of 2013 honorees is a diverse group that provides unique insights into the area of workers’ compensation.
LexisNexis says: “These top blog sites contain some of the best writing out there on workers’ compensation and workplace issues. They provide a wealth of information for the workers’ compensation community with timely news items, practical information, expert analysis, practice tips, and helpful links to other sites.”
Michigan Court of Appeals provides guidance on who can be excluded from workers’ compensation as an independent contractor.
Michigan law requires workers’ compensation insurance for most employees. This is to protect both the employee and the employer in the event of a work accident. Failure to comply with this requirement is considered a misdemeanor and subjects the employer to civil liability.
Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a major problem in the workers’ compensation system. This is done by dishonest employers who want to save money on insurance premiums. It shifts the costs of work injuries to other payers like government programs and private health insurance. This ends up increasing costs for everyone.
State of Michigan launches new website to promote healthier work environments.
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has launched the Healthy Work Environments Platform. This online tool is designed to help businesses promote healthier work environments. Check out the press release and website here.
Wellness programs have been shown to reduce workers comp costs across the board. Healthier employees are less likely to get hurt and return to work faster. This results in lower insurance premiums and greater productivity. Other positive benefits include improved employee recruitment, retention, and morale.
Agency releases more bad news for people who are seeking workers compensation benefits in Michigan.
Statistics for 2013 do not look promising. Only 12 open awards have been granted. This is contrasted by 52 denials. If you include 17 closed periods, the chances of recovery at trial improve to just 55%.
More of our clients are finding their wage loss benefits automatically reduced based upon imaginary wages. The insurance company says work is available but no job is actually offered. We have also seen a sharp increase in disputed claims based upon pre-existing conditions.