Governor Rick Snyder signs House Bill 5002

Workers comp lawyer in Michigan breaks down some of the changes to the law and explains how to protect your benefits.

We will be focusing on the changes to the workers comp law now that House Bill 5002 has become a reality. Come back weekly for updated news and analysis as these changes unfold.

It is important to understand that you still have rights even though the workers comp law has been changed. Don’t let your employer or its insurance company unfairly deny your workers comp benefits.

An experienced workers comp lawyer can help you protect your legal rights and maximize the amount of benefits that you receive. Here is some information about medical benefits that you should know.

You have the legal right to reasonable and necessary medical care

We frequently write about how access to medical care is one of the most important benefits under workers comp. You are entitled to unlimited medical treatment for your work-related injury. You should not have to pay any deductibles or co-pays.

You have the right to choose your own doctor. We highly recommend that you do this to avoid a conflict of interest. If your workers comp benefits are ever disputed, you will need a doctor on your side who supports your case. Our experience shows that employer and insurance company selected doctors are more concerned with getting additional business than providing a fair evaluation of your injury.

House Bill 5002 extends the period of time that your employer can select your medical providers. You must now wait 28 days to select your own doctor. You can do this by sending a certified letter to the insurance company with the name and address of your chosen doctor.

Medical benefits are frequently disputed under workers comp

It is not uncommon for insurance companies to deny payment of medical treatment. This is especially true if you have undergone an independent medical examination. Insurance companies will also deny your medical benefits based upon pre-existing conditions or other factors.

If you believe that your medical care is being delayed or denied, it is best to speak with an experienced workers comp lawyer. Insurance companies try to save money at your expense and you must hold them accountable.

Call (855) 221-2667 to speak with one of our workers comp Michigan lawyers. We will do everything possible to protect your legal rights under the workers comp 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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