What employees need to know about lateral epicondylitis workers’ compensation settlement in Michigan
Many of our clients have repetitive use injuries from doing their jobs. This is when fingers, hands, wrists, arms develop painful symptoms. It can also result in weakness that causes difficulty gripping and manipulating objects. Some of these repetitive use injuries are more common than others but all should be covered under workman’s compensation. Here is some information about a lateral epicondylitis workers’ compensation settlement.
Workman’s comp is supposed to protect employees hurt on-the-job. It covers all medical treatment including prescription medications, physical therapy, and surgery. There are no copay’s or deductibles owed. It also pays 80% of your after-tax average weekly wage when you cannot work. Many of our clients trade these benefits for a lateral epicondylitis workers’ compensation settlement or in other words a lump sum cash payment.
What is lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)?
Lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in the elbow are overloaded by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Pain symptoms can also spread into the forearm or wrist. Pain and weakness can make it difficult to perform the requirements of a job. We see this diagnosis with plumbers, carpenters, electricians, painters, factory workers, machinists, cooks, and even office workers.
Anyone who has a job involving repetitive motions of the wrist and arm are susceptible. Treatment involves medication, physical therapy, injections, and surgery.
Why do insurance companies fight these claims?
Insurance companies dispute claims for all kinds of dumb reasons. It can be based upon late employer notice, preexisting medical conditions, or just because they don’t believe it could have happened at work. Insurance companies use the independent medical examination (IME) to find an employee fully recovered or just suffering from degenerative arthritis.
It does not really matter why the insurance company disputes paying workman’s comp benefits. The result is medical treatment and lost wages stop. It is critical to speak with an experienced workman’s comp lawyer if this occurs. Do not let the insurance company get away with a bad denial
Average lateral epicondylitis workers’ compensation settlement
Though there isn’t a specific amount listed for an average lateral epicondylitis workers’ compensation settlement, the average settlement for a workplace injury in Michigan in 2019 was $58,641.58 according to the Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency. Again, every client, injury and accident is different.
Our experience shows that most claims are initially accepted. Medical treatment is paid during the first 28 days and then is suddenly stopped. The occupational clinic releases the employee to work unrestricted and weekly checks get cut-off. It is then up to the disabled employee to file an Application for Mediation or Hearing and bring the insurance company to court.
Many of our clients want to trade workman’s comp benefits for a cash payout. This allows them to do their own medical treatment and vocational rehabilitation without interference or delay. The average lateral epicondylitis workers’ compensation settlement is going to depend upon future medical needs and how long disability is going to last. It is not uncommon for the insurance company to write a check big enough to include additional physical therapy, medication, and even future surgery. The amount paid for lost wages is going to be based upon the length of time an employee must stay off work.
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) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.