What causes a person to call a work comp attorney

Michigan workers comp attorney lists the top four triggers that cause a person to seek legal help.

Many of our clients have told us that it was a difficult decision to contact a workers comp attorney. Most have never needed to contact an attorney and are uneasy about the process.

We are here to help and want you to know your legal rights. Here are the top four triggers that cause a person to contact a workers comp attorney.

1. Workers comp benefits are stopped

You are entitled to unlimited medical care for a work-related injury. You should also be paid wage loss benefits if you are disabled and cannot work. These work comp benefits are required by law and it does not matter how you were injured.

Unfortunately, many employers and insurance companies will dispute a valid workers comp claim for no good reason. A person may have been paid workers comp benefits for months or years and then cut-off.

It is important to speak with an experienced workers comp attorney to challenge any unfair decision. Employers and insurance companies are betting that you just go away and don’t fight for your legal rights. Most of these bad cut-off cases result in substantial workers comp settlements because the employer and insurance company know they are in the wrong.

2. The aggressive nurse case manager

The purpose of the nurse case manager is to coordinate medical care and help you recover faster. Some insurance companies use aggressive nurse case managers to control medical and indemnity costs. These individuals do not have your best interests at heart and can make your situation even worse.

Our clients report that some nurse case managers insist on being in the examination room and try to put words into the doctor’s mouth. You have the right to privacy and to not have your medical care interfered with.

3. The insurance adjuster has a bad attitude

The insurance adjuster is the person who authorizes medical care and lost wages. Many of our clients report that these individuals can be rude and will not return telephone calls.

You may find this person second guessing your own doctor and not authorizing medical care. You may also find that your weekly checks are missing or late.

An experienced workers comp attorney can level the playing field and make sure that you are receiving the correct benefits.

4. The independent medical examination (IME)

Workers comp law requires that you attend an IME if requested by your employer or the insurance company. This is their opportunity to have you examined by a doctor of their choice.

The truth is that the IME is not really independent. Insurance companies use the same doctors over and over again because they know what to expect. Some of these doctors earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and make a career out of testifying against injured workers.

Being sent to an IME is usually the first step in having your workers comp benefits cut-off. An experienced workers comp attorney can challenge a bad medical opinion in court.

Get help before workers comp benefits are stopped

To speak with an experienced workers compensation attorney, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. We will make sure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the correct benefits under the law.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. 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 evaluate a case.

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