Part 2 of 2: The “good faith” job search

Michigan workers compensation lawyer explains why it is necessary to keep track of your good faith job search.

We blogged yesterday about the need for a good faith job search. How this requirement can literally make or break your workers compensation case. You could end up winning at trial but still not getting any wage loss benefits.

Why does this happen? The magistrate believes that work is available within your restrictions and you did not present evidence of a good faith job search.

So where are all of these available jobs? Vocational counselors tell us that 80% of new jobs are found on the Internet. We recommend you start with www.mitalent.org. This is the premier website for job seekers in Michigan. You don’t necessarily need to find a job but you better be looking!

Keeping job search logs

We tell our clients to apply for as many jobs as possible. There is no hard and fast rule about how many applications or resumes must be sent. Put yourself in the magistrate’s shoes and think about what he or she would consider a good faith job search. Just ten applications per week can quickly add up during the time your case is pending.

You must keep track of all job search activities. Keep a log of the date you applied, company name, position, and contact person. Save copies of applications, e-mails, and rejection letters. This can be put into evidence during trial.

Settlement value

Job search logs can also dramatically increase the value of your settlement. It shows you have been looking for work and have a strong case. This can be used at facilitation and really does make a huge difference.

To speak with our workers compensation lawyers in Michigan, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. We are committed to helping our clients get the best possible recovery.

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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