Michigan workers’ comp lawyer discusses situations where money must be paid back to the employer or insurance company.
In Michigan, you would have to pay workers’ comp back if the insurance company overpaid due to errors. Errors can occur when calculating weekly comp rates and when coordinating benefits. Any recoupment would be limited to 1 year back. If a third-party lawsuit is filed and won, you would need to pay the employer and insurance carrier as they are permitted to share in any recovery from a negligent third party.
About wage loss benefits
Disabled employees are entitled to wage loss benefits. The amount paid should equal 80% of their after-tax average weekly wage. Payments can also be coordinated based upon other benefits received.
Why would you have to pay workers’ comp back in Michigan?
In Michigan, you would have to pay workers’ comp back if the insurance company overpaid due to errors. Errors can occur when calculating weekly comp rates and when coordinating benefits. If a third-party lawsuit is filed and won, you would need to pay the employer and insurance carrier as they are permitted to share in any recovery from a negligent third party. Any recoupment would be limited to 1 year back.
Improper weekly comp rate
One reason why you would have to pay back workers’ comp in Michigan is because insurance companies make errors and overpay weekly benefits. For example, the comp rate might be $520 per week but checks are sent in the amount of $550 per week. This typically happens when the tax filing status or number of dependents is wrong. The insurance company would have an overpayment of $30 per week. No recoupment is allowed beyond 1 year from payment. This would limit any recovery to $1,560. There is also an argument that voluntarily made payments should not be distributed in the absence of fraudulent behavior.
Coordination of benefits
It is possible for a disabled employee to receive other cash payments while on workers’ comp. This includes money from unemployment, group disability insurance, disability pension, wage continuation from the employer and Social Security retirement benefits. Insurance companies can take a credit for these items under various scenarios. A reimbursement request must be sent to the disabled employee, and they have 30 days to pay back workers’ comp in Michigan. The insurance company can then reduce weekly checks by 50% until the overpayment is recovered. Any recoupment would again be limited to 1 year back.
Disabled employees are allowed to sue a third-party who caused the work accident. We frequently see this in automobile accidents or with defective machines. Damages would include pain and suffering. This money is in addition to any Michigan workers’ comp benefits paid by the employer or its insurance carrier. The employer and its insurance carrier are permitted to share in any recovery from a negligent third-party. If a lawsuit is successful, a portion of the recovery must be paid back.
Make sure to contact an experienced workers’ comp lawyer if the insurance company is trying to collect money for an overpayment. These rules can be complicated, and the insurance company will take advantage of any lack of knowledge.
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