Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Lansing & beyond
Worker’s compensation may be available to you if your injury, physical or mental was related to your employment. The injury must arise out of your employment and have occurred while you are in the course of your employment.
The injury could be specific such as an on the job injury that takes you to the emergency room or it could be occupational, such as the accumulation of many years of heavy work, that eventually caused severe back problems without a specific injury.
Prior to 1914 you could sue your employer in court for pain, suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life and injury to your spousal relationship. Workers Compensation is a no fault system that pays benefits regardless of your fault or your employers fault, unless you were reckless or your employer intended to injury you. You are no longer able to sue in regular court. Your only remedy is to apply to the Workers Compensation Department for relief.
The benefits are wage loss, nursing care or attendant care, and reasonable and necessary medical care. The wage loss is only 60% of your weekly wage with a maximum of $870 per week as of 2017.
You are required to look for work if you are partially disabled. Failure to do so suspends your rights to weekly benefits. You are often sent out for a defense medical exam, where frequently, your injury and impairment are disputed. So, you will need medical treatment with doctors who will stand up for you.
Finally, we take these cases on a contingency basis and are not paid unless we win. The attorney fee is written in the Workers Compensation law. The attorney fee is 30% if voluntarily paid or won at trial. However, most cases result in settlements called Redemption of all liability. Typically Redemption occurs 18 to 24 months after a case has been filed. In the event that a case is resolved in a settlement, the Workers Compensation Act allows an attorney fee that is 15% of the first $25,000 and 10% of everything over $25,000.
Bahrie Law has more than 45 years of experience helping injured workers collect workers’ compensation benefits throughout Michigan. We can help you take control of your workers’ compensation case and we will fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
Filing a workers’ compensation suit is unlike filing a lawsuit and more like filing an insurance claim. Bahrie Law seeks damages for all types of construction, industrial, factory and heavy equipment accidents, including but not limited to:
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Sight loss
- Hearing loss
- Neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Muscle tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Most employees are covered by the Michigan workers' compensation through insurance policies held by the employer. Some types of on-the-job injuries may not allow workers’ compensation insurance benefits. These include:
- Self-inflicted injuries
- Injuries incurred while an employee is breaking the law
- Injuries incurred while the employee is not working
- Injuries incurred while the employee is violating company policy or committing misconduct
In addition, some workers are excluded from receiving workers' compensation insurance benefits. These workers include:
- Shop owners
- Farm workers
- Railroad employees
- Independent contractors
- Federal government workers