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Category Archives: Wokers comp news
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.
How this medical breakthrough could help people with work-related knee injuries in Michigan.
Science Daily reports on two surgeons in Belgium who have identified a new ligament in the human knee. This finding could have significant repercussions for patients suffering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.
Some patients who undergo ACL repair and rehabilitation continue to have their knee “pivot shift” or give way. Research shows injury to the newly discovered anterolateral ligament (ALL) might be the cause.
This exciting medical breakthrough could provide relief for many of our clients who suffer from chronic knee problems after an injury at work.
Michigan workers compensation lawyer discusses the pure premium advisory rate and what this decline means for individuals hurt on-the-job.
LARA Director Steve Arwood has announced the pure premium advisory rate for workers compensation insurance will drop by an average of 8.3% in 2014. Rates have declined three years in a row for a total of over 21%.
“This sizeable decrease in workers’ compensation rates gives Michigan a real competitive edge over neighboring states in attracting and retaining businesses,” said Arwood. “Workers’ comp premiums are overhead costs. These savings can free up additional capital for companies to hire new employees and open additional facilities, or give them one more reason to move to Michigan.”
News from around the Internet and how these issues could affect Michigan workers compensation.
Several interesting news stories have appeared in the last few weeks. Issues ranging from stress in the workplace to the impact of Obamacare.
These articles give us the chance to think outside the box and discuss how certain issues could affect workers compensation in the future. Read below for more information and please e-mail us your comments.
Is your boss making you depressed?
A study published in Denmark showed that it’s not the amount of work but your boss that causes stress. Work environment and leadership shape how employees feel about their jobs.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has approved $865,000 for worker protection grants.
The MIOSHA CET Grant Program provides funding for safety and health training across Michigan. It has awarded 19 grants for 2014 totaling $865,000 to promote worker safety and health across the state.
“We are pleased to expand the reach of the MIOSHA program by offering this additional investment to protect the safety and health of Michigan’s working men and women,” said LARA Deputy Director Stephanie Comai.
Here is the list of the 2014 CET Grant Project recipients:
Alpena Community College
Michigan workers comp lawyer discuses class action lawsuits alleging AIG under reported premium information.
InsuranceJournal.com reports on new class action lawsuits filed against AIG over workers comp reporting. It is alleged that AIG misrepresented the amount of premiums it collected in several states.
“By making it appear that less money in workers’ comp premium was collected, AIG caused insurance regulators to assess artificially inflated fees on insured employers for certain state mandated workers’ comp programs, the attorneys argue.”
AIG says the suits are an attempt to reopen charges that have already been settled and has vowed to vigorously defend against these allegations.
Alex Berman to be included in DBusiness Magazine Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2014.
We are pleased to announce that Alex Berman will be recognized in the November/December 2013 issue of DBusiness Magazine. Its annual list of top lawyers is based upon peer-voting.
Here is what his clients having been saying:
Alex is a good workers compensation lawyer because he truly cares
Michigan workers compensation lawyer discusses NICB report and provides a different perspective on “questionable claims.”
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its analysis of questionable workers compensation claims from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. The report finds that while the total number of claims has been decreasing, the percentage deemed “questionable” has been rising.
NICB describes itself as the “preeminent” group fighting insurance fraud and crime. It is a not-for-profit organization supported by insurance companies and self-insurers. Questionable claims are self-reported by its members.
Michigan workers compensation lawyer comments on disturbing statistics for the first six months of 2013.
We blogged yesterday about the types of awards that a magistrate can order. Now let’s talk about actual statistics for 2013.
Statistics show 6 open awards, 11 closed awards, and 31 denials. This means your chance of recovering some benefits at trial is approximately 54%.
We find it disturbing that only 6 people in 2013 have been granted continuing benefits. This is most likely related to changes in the law that have made it more difficult to prove disability.
Individual Magistrate Statistics
Magistrate Open Closed Denied