MICHIGAN COVID-19 SHUTDOWN: Effective March 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., the Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates is suspending in-person hearings until April 20, 2020.
We have received the following information about the coronavirus and workers’ compensation hearings. With accordance to the Michigan COVID-19 shutdown the Agency and Board of Magistrates is shutting down in-person hearings until April 20, 2020. Here is the press release that was received by our office.
In accordance with Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), effective March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm, the Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates are suspending in-person hearings until April 20, 2020.
Magistrates will be available to conduct hearings remotely with in-person hearings only taking place with prior approval of the magistrate. We will be communicating additional guidance in the very near future.
The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the risk coronavirus to Michigan residents.
Please rest assured that during the Michigan COVID-19 shutdown workers’ compensation benefits should continue as usual. This includes payments for lost wages and medical bills. Claimants who have filed an Application for Mediation or Hearing might see a temporary delay in the litigation processes. Settlement hearings will continue as-needed and be conducted telephonically. Emergency motions and hearings will also be permitted.
Our law firm continues to operate without interruption. We have made significant investments in technology and will continue to service all of our clients remotely if it becomes necessary. Please call us with any questions or concerns. We stand ready to assist during this national crisis.
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.