Workers compensation attorney in Michigan explains how out-of-state injuries can be covered.
We regularly receive telephone calls from around the country asking whether an injury in another state could be covered in Michigan. The reason is because workers compensation benefits in Michigan are usually more generous than the state of injury.
Michigan workers compensation pays unlimited medical treatment and wage loss benefits for as long as the employee is disabled. Vocational rehabilitation is also available for retraining or job placement.
What the law in Michigan says about out-of-state injuries
Michigan workers compensation is available for out-of-state injuries if either the employee is a resident of this state at the time of injury or the contract of hire was made in this state.
The law before January 13, 2009 required both residency and a contract of hire. The change in the law is not retroactive for old injuries.
The issues of residency and contract of hire can be complicated. You could have a temporary residence in one state but have a permanent residence in Michigan. You might have been hired in Michigan but underwent orientation in another state. It is best to speak with an experienced workers compensation attorney about your specific situation.
Multiple recoveries for the same injury in different states are possible
An employee who receives workers compensation benefits in one state is not prohibited from seeking benefits in Michigan. The employer would get a credit for any benefits paid but the only way to end liability for workers compensation in Michigan is with the approval of a magistrate.
An experienced workers compensation attorney can help you with your claim to ensure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to under the law.
There is no charge to evaluate your case. To speak with one of our workers compensation attorneys, call (855) 221-2667.
– Alex Berman is founder of the law firm. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people recover workers compensation benefits and never charges a fee unless they win.