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What an erosion of medical and wage loss benefits means for the future of workers compensation in Michigan.

A Miami judge has ruled that Florida’s workers compensation law is unconstitutional. He found that successive state legislatures had so diminished medical care and wage loss benefits that the statute now violates employees “fundamental” rights. This issue will most likely be decided by the Florida Supreme Court.

Attorneys in Michigan have been openly discussing this same reality for years. Michigan’s law has become so unfair that it violates due process and equal protection. Could Michigan be the next state to find its workers compensation law unconstitutional?

Workers compensation

Michigan adopted its first workers compensation law in 1912. It was designed as a grand bargain between employers and employees. Workers compensation pays reasonable and necessary medical  treatment for on-the-job injuries. It also provides lost wages if a person cannot work. Pain and suffering is not available.

Special interest groups constantly advocate for workers compensation reform. This is done under the appearance of protecting job creators. Each state in a fierce competition to lower its workers compensation costs for businesses. This has created a race to the bottom situation.

Legislative reforms in 2011 allow insurance companies to use imaginary wages to say a person is employable. Some claimants are even told they can earn more money after an injury. Benefits have been cut to the point that the system is no longer reasonable or fair. Try supporting your family on $7 per week.

The burden of proof has become so extreme that many people have no remedy at all. This is especially true for individuals with preexisting arthritis.

Fixing the problem

Insurance companies and large corporations want protection from civil lawsuits but don’t want to pay any workers compensation benefits. The balance between employer and employee interests has tipped too far.

Contact your elected representatives and tell them to protect workers compensation. Special interest groups should never come before Michigan citizens.

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 (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission suggests claimants are receiving less workers compensation benefits due to changes in the law.

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Author Bio Jeffrey Kaufman

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Jeffrey E. Kaufman
Michigan Workers Comp Attorney

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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