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How to decipher what is happening with your workers’ compensation case in Michigan using common acronyms.

We have a ridiculous and comical number of acronyms in our Michigan workers’ compensation system. Knowledge is power so here is a list of words and phrases that you should know about.

Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is the basis for wage lose benefits. It is calculated by averaging the highest 39 paid weeks before injury.

Temporary Total Disability (TTD) is another name for cash payments under workers’ compensation.

Independent Medical Examination (IME) is when the insurance company has a person examined by a doctor of its choosing.

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) measures physical ability to perform tasks and can be used to set restrictions.

Vocational Expert (VE) is hired by the insurance company to perform a transferable skills analysis and labor market survey.

Post-Injury Wage Earning Capacity (PIWEC) is the amount of money that a person could theoretically earn in another job. This is used to reduce wage loss benefits owed by the employer.

Worker’s Compensation Disability Act of 1969 (WDCA) is the legal authority for rights and responsibilities governing workplace injuries in Michigan.

Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) is responsible for administering the WDCA and houses the Board of Magistrates.

Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission (MCAC) is tasked with reviewing decision from the Board of Magistrates.

Control Date (CD) is a type of hearing where both parties appear to ensure the case is moving toward resolution. This occurs every 45-60 days.

Depositions Upfront Trial Date (DUFTD) is considered a priority hearing where medical and vocational testimony is expected to be completed. Witness testimony and other evidence will be presented to the magistrate.

Facilitation (FAC) gives both sides the opportunity to informally present their arguments to a magistrate. The case will not be decided but a settlement amount will be suggested.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency tasked with administering the Social Security Act.

Medicare-Set Aside (MSA) is a financial agreement that allocates a portion of a workers’ compensation settlement to pay future medical treatment.

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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.


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