100 Years of Workers Compensation in Michigan

WCA and Wayne State University celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Michigan’s first workers compensation law.

Most people have heard of workers compensation but don’t fully understand what is pays or its intended purpose. Workers compensation is a type of insurance that most employers are required to purchase by law. It is a compromise of employer and employee interests.

Michigan adopted its first workers compensation statute in 1912.  Employees gave up the right to sue their employers  in exchange for automatic but limited benefits.

Employers pay the cost of this insurance and it is intended to protect both parties in the event of a work-related injury. It does not matter how an injury occurred or who was at fault.

Lost wages, medical treatment, and vocational rehabilitation are the primary benefits. Pain and suffering is not allowed.

100 Year Anniversary

The anniversary will be commemorated at an event hosted by Wayne State University Law School on October 18-19. The event is being facilitated in partnership with the Wayne State University History Department, the Wayne State University Law School, and is funded by the Workers Compensation Section of the Michigan State Bar. You can read the announcement here.

Governor Rick Snyder is also issuing a certificate of recognition for the 100th anniversary. Michigan’s workers compensation system is often recognized as a competitive asset for the state.

The Next 100 Years

Michigan’s workers compensation system is truly at a crossroads. Amendments to the Act in 2011  have made it impossible for some individuals to collect benefits. The great compromise is near its breaking point.

People with pre-existing degenerative conditions are now required to meet an impossible burden. If a person cannot show a pathological change, they have no remedy under workers compensation. Just because a person has some arthritis does not mean their injury is any less legitimate.

This insurance company loophole must be closed. In the alternative, the Act should be amended to allow a person to assert their common law remedies in tort.

Workers Compensation Lawyers

Call (855) 221-2667 to speak with one of our work compensation lawyers in Michigan. The call is toll free and nothing is owed unless you are successful with your case.

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 compensation benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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