Voluntary payment under workers comp

Michigan workers comp lawyer explains why you need legal representation even if you are being paid workers comp benefits on a voluntary basis.

Most people assume that workers comp will continue to pay as long as you cannot work or need medical treatment. You may be surprised to learn that insurance companies can dispute payment of workers comp benefits at any time.  It does not matter if your injury has been accepted by your employer or if the insurance company has been paying for years.

It is critical that you hire a lawyer during any period of voluntary payment. An experienced workers comp lawyer can provide you with candid advice so that you can minimize the chances that your workers comp benefits will be disputed.

Why you need a workers comp lawyer

An experienced workers comp lawyer can monitor your claim and advise you on strategy. Minor issues can be resolved before they turn into major problems. Do not wait until your workers comp benefits stop to get help.

You do not have to tell your employer or the insurance company that you hired a lawyer. All advice is private and confidential.  Your workers comp benefits cannot be disputed just because you hired a lawyer.

An experienced workers comp lawyer will not charge you a fee to meet or discuss your case. You may even discover that the insurance company has been paying you at the wrong rate. Insurance companies often make mistakes and they are never in your favor.

Watch out for the independent medical examination (IME)

The law requires that you attend any independent medical examination setup by your employer or the insurance company. If you refuse, you could forfeit your right to future workers comp benefits.

Many people have their workers comp benefits disputed after an independent medical examination. The truth is that these medical examinations are not independent.  Insurance companies use the same doctors over and over again. These doctors make a career out of testifying for insurance companies and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

Insurance company doctors will often find that you have recovered from your injury or that you were not hurt at all. An experienced workers comp lawyer can stop insurance company abuse and can challenge a bad medical opinion in court.

How to find a good workers comp lawyer

It is important to select an experienced workers comp lawyer.  Find out how many workers comp cases are handled per year. Ask how the lawyer wants to proceed with your case and if the lawyer will go to trial.  An experienced workers comp lawyer will be happy to answer any question you might have.

To speak with one of our workers comp lawyers, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. There is no fee unless workers comp benefits are recovered for you.

Alex Berman is the founder of the law firm. 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 review a case.

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