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You’re not alone. Our Michigan workers’ comp lawyers have been called the best in the state, and we pride ourselves on providing you with care, trust, and responsiveness.

What you should bring to your first meeting and how a workers comp lawyer can help protect your benefits.

There are many reasons why people decide to hire a workers comp lawyer. Maybe benefits have been disputed or you just feel that the insurance company is taking advantage.

Red flags include being cited for an independent medical examination (IME) or an aggressive nurse case manager. You may also notice a change in the attitude of the claims adjuster.

Whatever the reason, here are some items that you should bring to your first meeting with a lawyer.

Medical records

You do not need to obtain medical records but you should bring any that you already have. Especially important are copies of diagnostic tests like MRIs and EMGs. If you were seen by an insurance company doctor, bring this report!

It is also important to know the names and addresses of your doctors. Business cards usually have sufficient information. We can subpoena medical records on your behalf.

Correspondence

Any letters from your employer or its insurance carrier should be examined by your lawyer. This includes letters about your employment status and notices to see insurance company doctors.

If you have received a document entitled Notice of Dispute, this is very important to show your lawyer.

It is also possible that you have additional legal rights under FMLA and COBRA. All notices from your employer should be carefully reviewed. You may have a federal lawsuit and not even know about it.

Pay stubs

You should bring a recent pay stub from when you were working. This will provide information about your employer that is necessary to file the case.

It is also helpful to bring pay stubs from the last year before you got hurt. Wage loss benefits are calculated on the highest 39 weeks in the 52 before your injury. Insurance companies frequently make mistakes and it is a good idea to check their math.

To speak with one of our workers comp lawyers in Michigan, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. There is no fee to review your case.

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 evaluate a case.

Related Information:

Injured On The Job: A Guide to Michigan Workers’ Compensation Law (FREE BOOK)

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09/01/2012

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Jeffrey E. Kaufman has extensive experience in workers compensation cases and has recovered millions of dollars in benefits for his clients. He believes all injured workers deserve to be on equal footing with insurance companies and employers, and fights tenaciously so their rights are secured and protected.


“Jeff also helped me with getting my Blue Cross bills paid. I would absolutely recommend him and the whole firm. Jeff and the firm did everything they were supposed to do for me and my case.”
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