Post election roundup and the future of workers comp

Our thoughts on Michigan’s election results and how workers comp will continue to be used as a political football.

The 2012 election is over and Michigan voters have decided to keep the status quo. Here is our two cents on how workers comp is affected.

Justices Markman and Zahra have been re-elected. This means that the Republicans will maintain a 4-3 majority in the Michigan Supreme Court. Republicans have also kept their majority in the Michigan House of Representatives.

All branches of Michigan government will continue to be under exclusive Republican control. Unfortunately, this keeps workers comp in the cross hairs and puts your benefits at risk.

House Bill 5002 (workers comp reform)

It is no secret that this legislation was passed along Republican party lines. Decades of workers comp law was thrown aside in less than 90 days. Not bad for a group that usually can’t get anything accomplished.

Special interest groups used enormous political pressure to ensure passage of these changes. It was advertised as helping “job creators” but was just a money grab.

Insurance companies can now reduce benefits using a hypothetical wage earning capacity. It does not matter if the person has actually returned to work or not. It is also much more difficult to get benefits for an occupational disease or psychiatric disability.

Employers and their insurance companies are saving money but the unemployment rate continues to be over 9%. So where are these new jobs that have been promised?

Fighting back against bad law

We think it is important to challenge bad insurance company decisions. A good workers comp lawyer can help level the playing field. For example, we can help prove that you are totally disabled and entitled to full wage loss benefits.

You should also contact your elected representatives. Send an e-mail or meet them during office hours. Demand that families come before special interest groups.

Call (855) 221-2667 to speak with one of our workers comp lawyers in Michigan. We are committed to protecting the rights of injured workers.

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 review a case.  

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