Tips to get the most out of your attendant care benefit under workers’ compensation in Michigan.
Part 2 of making the best of your medical care focuses on the attendant care benefit. Individuals are entitled to receive 24/7 attention if necessary. Attendant care is supposed to help people with activities of daily living. This includes using the bathroom, bathing, getting dressed, preparing meals, taking medications, wound care, and even observation while sleeping. Here are some tips to get the most out of your attendant care.
Tip 1: Get a prescription from doctor
Insurance companies never tell people about attendant care. This is not surprising considering 24/7 attention is very expensive. We have seen cases where nursing care far exceeds any wage loss benefits. We tell our clients to discuss the situation with their doctor and get a written prescription. This should include number of hours required each week.
Tip 2: Use a family member
Michigan law says family members can provide up to 56 hours of attendant care each week. This is a big relief for people who do not want a stranger in the house. The hourly rate should equal what a professional would charge.
Tip 3: Keep a written log
Insurance companies regularly dispute payment of attendant care. It is important to keep a written log with dates and times. Make sure to include what type of care was needed and hours worked. This written log can be used at trial to prove entitlement.
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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