Winter finally grips Michigan and what employees should know about workers’ compensation.
Michigan has finally experienced winter weather over the last couple weeks. We have seen heavy snow, accumulating ice, air temperatures below zero, and dangerous wind chills that felt colder than Alaska.
News from across the country shows other states have not fared much better. CNN reports that 23 people were killed in this extreme weather including a FedEx worker.
Michigan typically sees increased workplace accidents during winter weather. We do not want to see anyone hurt from ice, snow, or cold temperatures.
Employees who are hurt on-the-job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This includes medical treatment without co-pays or deductibles. Lost wages should be paid while an employee cannot return to work.
Slips and falls while on the premises of the employer, within a reasonable time before or after working hours, are presumed to be covered under workers’ compensation. This includes sidewalks and parking lots. Off premises accidents might also be covered if they occur in employer designated parking areas.
Car accidents while driving for employment-related tasks are covered. It does not matter who was at fault. Going to or coming home from work is not covered unless a specific exception is met.
Exposure to extreme temperatures and wind chills could result in frostbite, hypothermia, and even death.
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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