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Financial problems are common for people who are cut-off from workers’ comp. These individuals just want to put food on the table, pay rent, and keep the lights on.
Workers’ comp benefits are limited to lost wages. Checks equal just 80% of a person’s average weekly wage and can be reduced even further based upon residual wage earning capacity. Nobody is getting rich from workers’ comp and most families struggle with less income. One of our clients saw his checks reduced from $481.08 per week to just $19.00.
Insurance companies are permitted to stop wage loss benefits at any time. The burden is on the disabled employee to file a case and prove disability. This requires spending thousands of dollars to obtain medical and vocational evidence. It can also take a year or more for a final decision.
Medical benefits are frequently stopped based upon insurance company doctors. Some of these physicians make a career out of testifying against people and earn millions in the process. We know of one doctor who performed 1258 defense medical examinations in just one year. How can a person recover and get back to their job when the insurance company stands in the way of medical treatment?
Workers’ comp does not provide for pain and suffering. We have seen clients lose their jobs, personal belongings, automobiles, and houses. Financial stress results in strained relationships and failed marriages.
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.
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