Part 2 of 3: Benefits Reduced

Three types of clients and why legal assistance is a necessary to win your workers’ compensation case.

We have written several blogs regarding worker’ compensation reform and its bad effects on our clients. The worst being an automatic reduction based upon “wage earning capacity” or partial disability.

Think of wage earning capacity as your ability to earn wages in another job. The problem is that the insurance company makes this calculation. It does not matter whether you are actually earning real wages. This results in a reduction of benefits typically between 50% and 80%. Try supporting your family on just $100 per week.

The insurance company wants to find that you can work somewhere else. This means wage loss benefits can be reduced. This is done at your expense and it’s not right!

The employability and wage earning capacity analysis is performed by a vocational expert hired by the insurance company. You may be told that you can work in a field never considered before or told that a job exists when it does not.

It is important to challenge an unfair vocational assessment. You can hire your own vocational expert to show that you don’t have a wage earning capacity. You can also present evidence of a good-faith job search to prove that work is not reasonably available. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help with this critical step.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

Why your “wage earning capacity” matters under Michigan workers compensation

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