Michigan workers comp lawyer breaks down 2012 statistics from the Board of Magistrates.
We have blogged in the past about the Board of Magistrates and the people who actually decide workers comp cases. These individuals do an excellent job and we are thankful for their service.
Unfortunately, changes to Michigan’s workers comp law have made some cases nearly impossible. Even when the facts are on your side, this does not guarantee payment of benefits.
Magistrates have their hands tied and are required to follow the current law. You can thank the highly partisan Michigan Supreme Court for several unfair decisions.
The Michigan Legislature, controlled by the same political party, then codified these decisions so they could not be changed. Chalk up another win for insurance companies and big corporations.
2012 workers comp statistics
17.7% of cases resulted in an open award. This is when a magistrate orders the continuing payment of wage loss and medical benefits.
16.7% of cases resulted in a closed award. This is when a magistrate orders the payment of some benefits for a fixed amount of time.
27.7% of cases were classified as miscellaneous. This typically includes cases that were dismissed or withdrawn. It could also include insurer disputes and procedural matters.
37.7% of cases were flat out denials. Benefits were not awarded and the injured worker received nothing.
Bottom line: 65% of total cases resulted in no benefits paid.
Don’t give up hope
We can help you prepare your case with medical and vocational testimony. This will put you in the best position to settle or win at trial. You dont have to fight alone!
You can level the playing field by hiring an experienced Michigan workers comp lawyer. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today. There is no fee unless you recover benefits.
– 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’ comp benefits and never charges a fee to review a case.