Amazon criticized for its treatment of employees hurt on-the-job

What do Michigan employees hurt on-the-job need to understand about their employer’s attitude toward workers’ compensation?

Accident ReportThe Guardian published a fascinating article about Amazon and how it treats employees hurt on-the-job. It follows the story of three employees who suffered work-related problems and the challenges they faced. This includes issues like failing to accommodate work restrictions, lost income, non-payment of medical, and use of private investigators.

It was also noted that Amazon was recently listed on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s “dirty dozen” list of most dangerous places to work in the United States. All pretty shocking considering the CEO Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest person in the world.

We took special interest in this article because Amazon is a large employer in Michigan. None of these stories shocked us as we see these problems with other employers on a regular basis.

A common theme in our cases is when an employer refuses to accommodate work restrictions. This is when a person is forced to do a job that is beyond the limits set by their doctor. Michigan law requires payment of wage loss benefits under this circumstance.

Employees who are unable to work should be paid wage loss benefits. The amount is based upon 80% of their after-tax average weekly wage. It should also include discontinued fringe benefits.

Access to medical care is perhaps the most important benefit under workers’ compensation. All reasonable and necessary medical treatment should be covered without co-pays or deductibles.

Employers and insurance companies make regular use of private investigators. They are looking for any evidence that a claim may be fraudulent. Unfortunately, video surveillance is often taken out-of-context and used to wrongly dispute a claim.

We recommend anyone with a claim speak with a lawyer. An employee cannot protect his or her workers’ compensation benefits without understanding Michigan law. Dealing with an employer’s bad attitude is just one step in the process.

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 (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.

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