Workers’ comp lawyer discusses slip and fall at work settlements in Michigan.
Many people choose to settle and trade workers’ compensation benefits for a lump sum cash payment. Here is some information about slip and fall at work settlements in Michigan. Please remember that every situation is different, so it is a good idea to get a free consultation from an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
Employees hurt on-the-job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This includes payment of medical bills, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation. It does not matter who was at fault provided the incident occurred in the course and scope of employment. Slip and fall at work settlements in Michigan will also be based upon medical needs and length of disability.
During work activities
Workers’ compensation is designed as a safety net for employees hurt on-the-job. Benefits should be paid regardless of fault provided it happens on the employer’s premises. This includes getting on or off a machine, walking steps, tripping over rugs, and other miscellaneous items. Even a fall that occurred because someone was clumsy and tripped over themselves should be covered. Slip and fall at work settlements in Michigan are possible in any of these scenarios.
Getting in or out of a motor vehicle
We have represented many people who have been hurt in a car accident while driving for their jobs. Motor vehicle accidents are covered under workers’ compensation when they occur in the course and scope of employment. This includes routine work travel and special trips for the boss. Employees injured getting out or into a vehicle should be covered under workers’ compensation.
Walking to or from the parking lot
Employees who get hurt walking to or from the parking lot should be covered under workers’ compensation. This is true even if the parking lot is off premises when traveling in a reasonably direct route to or from a designated parking area. Slip and fall at work settlements in Michigan are very common in these situations because insurance company usually dispute these types of claims.
Entering or leaving the building
Employees who are hurt while on the premises where the work is done, within a reasonable time before or after hours, are usually presumed to be in the course and scope of employment. This would include entering and leaving the building.
On ice and snow
Sidewalks are often dangerous places when the temperature drops in winter. Snow and ice cases are extremely difficult to prove against the at fault party because of a legal principal called open and obvious. However, workers’ compensation benefits should be paid automatically to cover medical bills and lost wages.
In the bathroom
Work accidents can occur at any time. Employees who fall in a company bathroom and get injured should be covered under workers’ compensation and can file for slip and fall at work settlements in Michigan.
During lunch hour
Employees who get hurt in a breakroom or cafeteria while on the employer’s premises should be covered under workers’ compensation. Getting hurt during a lunch hour while off premises is more complicated. The Michigan Supreme Court has said off premises lunch hour injuries are covered under certain instances. Watch out for situations where an employee is on a special mission for the employer or running a company errand.
Michigan Workers’ Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled employees exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.