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Workers' Comp Not Sending Checks: Now What Do I Do?

Michigan law protects employees hurt on-the-job through workman’s comp. It was designed as a compromise between labor and business. There is no waiting period and employee fault does not matter. It covers medical bills, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation. Unfortunately, some employers and insurance companies fail to pay. If workers’ comp is not sending checks, here are some reasons why.

Reason 1: Poor claim handling

A common reason why workers’ comp is not sending checks is poor claim handling. Our clients tell us about adjusters who do not return telephone calls and other rude behavior. People feel like they are left in the dark and have no idea if they are even getting paid. This frustration extends to doctors who cannot get medical treatment authorized.

Disabled employees are supposed to get paid every week. Payment is computerized, but it usually requires the adjuster to manually change dates to keep benefits going. Many people live paycheck-to-paycheck and cannot afford to have late or missing checks. Poor claim handling results in many people not getting paid.

Watch out for adjusters who insist on getting a recorded statement as this is not a requirement under the law. Our experience also shows they will ask for a blank medical authorization and go on a fishing expedition to see about preexisting conditions. It is important to speak with an experienced lawyer if workers’ comp is not sending checks.

Reason 2: Independent medical examination

Michigan law permits employers and their insurance companies to get an independent medical examination (IME) from time to time. This is a source of great stress and worry for our clients because it could result in a cut-off. We have seen checks stop just because the IME has been scheduled and they are waiting on results. Failure to attend the IME will result in an automatic dispute.

Some clients believe the independent medical examination is a second opinion and it will help them get a better understanding of treatment options. Others have done internet research and panic when they see poor doctor reviews. The truth is that IME doctors are not “independent” and get paid large sums of money to testify against injured employees.

Reason 3: Notice of Dispute

Insurance companies find all kind of dumb excuses to dispute a job injury claim. The burden falls on the disabled employee to file an Application for Mediation or Hearing and force payment. It will be up to a magistrate to decide whether additional insurance benefits are owed.

Is workers’ comp not sending checks because of a dispute? The insurance company is required by Michigan law to file a formal document outlying the reasons. We recommend hiring a lawyer if a claim has been disputed.

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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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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