Workers Comp Magistrate Statistics 2011-2012

Workers comp attorney in Michigan breaks down the win and loss record for current magistrates.

Most of our clients have never been exposed to the workers comp system. It usually comes as a big shock when their benefits are denied.

We find the litigation process causes great stress and anxiety. Understanding court procedure can go a long way to alleviate some of these feelings.

One way to make the litigation process easier is by knowing which magistrate will hear your case. Here is some information about disposition statistics for 2011-2012 that may help you decide if you should settle or proceed to trial.

Why the magistrate assigned to your workers comp case matters

The truth is that everyone brings their own personal biases to their jobs. Magistrates who decide workers comp cases are no different.

Some magistrates have defense backgrounds while others have spent their entire careers fighting for injured workers. These different experiences can color the way a magistrate views an injury. It’s not intentional but it can make a difference in a close case.

It is also important to realize that magistrates are political appointees and some might have an agenda. However, the vast majority of magistrates are good people who try to make fair decisions.

Magistrate win and loss statistics for 2011-2012 (as of 1/31/12)



Don’t rely on just statistics

The statistics above are only a snap shot of open awards and claims denied. Many cases result in a closed award where some benefits are paid and some denied.

The best way to find out about your magistrate is by talking with an experienced workers comp attorney. Your trial strategy may depend upon which magistrate is assigned to your workers comp case.

To speak with one of our workers comp attorneys in Michigan, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. There is never a fee unless you receive workers comp benefits.

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.

Related information:

Magistrate Disposition Statistics – 2012 (as of 1/31/12)

Magistrate Disposition Statistics – 2011

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, Vectorportal.

MagistrateDocket AssignmentOpen AwardsDenied
Kenneth BirchFlint, Lansing73
Brian BoyleDetroit02
John BuehlerDetroit03
David GrunewaldDetroit55
Lisa KlaerenKalamazoo, Lansing43
David KurtzDetroit06
Beatrice LoganDetroit211
Michael MasonPontiac58
Timothy McAreeGrand Rapids57
Thomas MoherGaylord, Upper Peninsula44
E. Louis OgnisantiPontiac, Saginaw35
Paul PurcellSaginaw22
Kim RochauPontiac25
Chris SlaterGrand Rapids, Kalamazoo14
Robert TimmonsLansing, Traverse City01
Robert TjapkesFlint24
Joy TurnerDetroit415
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