Michigan workers’ comp lawyer lists reasons why medical and wage loss benefits get stopped without notice.
Getting hurt on-the-job is stressful and difficult for many people. They don’t understand their legal rights and it seems like the deck is stacked against them. The biggest concern they have is: Can workers’ comp stop paying benefits without notice in Michigan?
Can workers’ comp stop paying benefits without notice in Michigan?
Yes, workers’ comp can stop paying benefits without notice in Michigan. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies look for any reason to dispute a claim. They do so without notice and many of our clients find out when the checks unexpectedly stop. The burden will be on the employee to file an Application for Mediation or Hearing and challenge the denial. Here is our list of reasons workers’ comp benefits get stopped without notice.
Independent Medical Examination (IME)
Insurance companies are permitted to have people examined by a doctor of their own choosing. These IME doctors are biased since they make careers out of testifying against disabled employees. Insurance companies use the same doctors repeatedly because they know what to expect. It is important to note that workers’ comp can stop paying benefits without notice in Michigan if they have a medical opinion that says an employees has recovered or was never hurt in the first place.
Failure to return to reasonable employment
Employers do not have to pay wage loss benefits if they offer a job within a disabled employee’s restrictions. The problem is most of these so-called “light duty” jobs are designed to make a person quit. We have seen employers force people to watch empty parking lots or file useless paperwork in the office. Sometimes the job is beyond restrictions and the employee is told to “suck it up.” Workers’ comp can stop paying benefits without notice in Michigan if an employee refuses reasonable employment and walks off the job. We tell our clients to try any job offered and challenge employers who play games.
Post-Injury Wage Earning Capacity Assessment (PIWEC)
Insurance companies use labor market surveys to say other jobs are available within someone’s qualifications, training, and restrictions. Wage loss benefits get reduced or stopped based upon “phantom wages” from a job that might not truly exist. Workers’ comp can stop paying wage loss benefits without notice in Michigan and they do frequently when using the PIWEC calculation, and the burden is on the disabled employee to challenge it in court.
Surveillance and activity checks
Insurance companies routinely have people collecting work injury benefits followed by private investigators. They are looking for any evidence a claim might not be 100 percent legitimate. Social media will also be closely examined, and posted items taken out of context to show a person is not truthful about his or her disability. Workers’ comp can stop paying benefits without notice in Michigan based upon surveillance and activity checks. It happens everyday. Make sure to call an experienced workman’s comp attorney should your benefits get cut-off.
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