Four resolution ideas for 2018 that can get a Michigan workers’ comp case on track.
Our law firm will be closed on December 29, 2017 for a long holiday weekend. We hope everyone has a wonderful time celebrating New Year’s Eve.
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the future. Here are four resolution ideas for someone with a Michigan workers’ comp case.
1. Keep that doctor’s appointment
The most important part of any case is medical evidence. A doctor must testify that a person has a disabling condition and it is work-related. It is easy to give up and not follow through with medical treatment when a claim is disputed. We tell our clients to keep seeing their doctor and this can make all the difference. Medicaid, Medicare, and group health insurance will pay disputed medical bills.
2. Do a good-faith job search
Michigan law requires a person on workers’ comp to be actively seeking employment. Insurance companies can also use wage earning capacity to reduce or eliminate weekly benefits. A good-faith job search shows that no alternate jobs exist. This evidence can make or break a case at trial.
3. Create a plan for the future
Workers’ comp pays medical and wage loss. These benefits can be traded for a lump sum cash payment. This allows a person to do their own medical treatment and vocational rehabilitation without interference or delay. We tell our clients to think about the future. Do they want to be retrained for a new career? How about starting a new business? Is filing for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) the best option? Having a plan for the future will lead to a successful recovery.
4. Tune out the noise
Friends and relatives always want to give advice. It is easy to talk big when their life has not been turned upside-down. Following the wrong advice can hurt a case and cause undue stress. Tune out the noise and contact an experienced workers’ comp lawyer if benefits have been disputed. Fees will only be charged if additional benefits or a settlement is obtained.
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) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.
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