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Sciatica Workers' Comp Claims: What You Need To Know

Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience handling claims of people injured on the job. We have represented thousands of disabled employees throughout Michigan. Many of the workplace injuries that we see result in low back pain. Here is some information about sciatica workers’ comp settlements and your legal rights in Michigan.

Employees hurt themselves in a variety of ways. Back pain can occur from lifting a heavy object, bending and twisting while moving something, or from a traumatic event such as a blow or fall. Diagnosis include sprained muscle, herniated disc, annular tear, and pinched nerve. This back injury occurs when the pain radiates from the low back to hips, buttocks, and down a leg. This is also sometimes called radiculopathy.

It can be difficult to pinpoint the reason for low back pain and this makes proving a case hard. Many disabled employees also have preexisting degenerative disc disease or stenosis. Insurance companies use this fact to automatically dispute claims.

Sciatica workers’ comp benefits

Michigan law protects employees who are seeking sciatica workers’ comp benefits after being hurt on-the-job. It requires employers to pay all medical bills and lost wages. Payments are typically sent from an insurance company and continue indefinitely.

All medical bills should be paid 100% without any co-payments or deductibles. This includes emergency room treatment, doctor visits, hospital stays, medications, steroid injections, physical therapy, surgery, durable medical equipment, attendant care, and even mileage to and from medical appointments.

Lost wages should be paid based upon 80% of the after-tax average weekly wage subject to a state-wide weekly maximum. This calculation must include overtime, discontinued fringe benefits, and second jobs.

Disputed claim

Watch out for insurance companies who refuse to live up to their obligations under the law. It is common for a disabled employee with this back injury to be sent to an independent medical examination (IME). These doctors are hired by the insurance company to say nothing is wrong or that an employee has fully recovered.

Proving that low back pain is caused by employment can be difficult. It requires a showing that underlying pathology is changed or distinct from any preexisting issues that might have existed beforehand. Deposition testimony from a treating doctor is the gold standard for proving a case. Clinical findings as well as MRIs and EMGs can be brought into the case.

Average sciatica workers’ comp settlement

A sciatica workers’ comp settlement will be based upon future medical needs and wage loss payments. Statistics published by the Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency show the average amount won for all work-related injury claims in 2019 for Michigan was $58,641.58. 

Though this doesn’t seem like a lot of money our results show that much more is paid when the facts and law are fully developed.

Insurance companies treat settlements like other business decisions. What are the odds they will lose at trial? How much money will need to be paid to the employee? An experienced lawyer can maximize settlement value by developing medical and vocational evidence.

Make sure to get a free telephone consultation before giving up benefits for a cash payment.

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.

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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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