A Michigan workplace accident can happen anytime to anyone. Some accidents cause only minor injuries; however, a workplace accident can cause serious, even life-threatening injuries. If you have been injured in a Southfield workplace accident, or you believe an illness or medical condition you suffer from was caused by your workplace, you could be entitled to Southfield workers’ compensation benefits. For specific advice and guidance, contact an experienced Southfield workers’ compensation attorney; however, some general information about the type of compensation available for a Michigan workers’ compensation claim may be helpful in the meantime.
The Southfield workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system. This means that a worker who has suffered a workplace injury or illness is not required to prove fault on the part of the employer to be entitled to benefits. If you are an covered employee and you suffered an on the job injury, or you suffer an illness or medical condition caused by your employment, you should be entitled to benefits.
Benefits available for a Southfield workers’ compensation claim fall into two categories – medical and wage replacement benefits. Medical benefits cover the cost of treating your injury or illness. Wage replacement benefits are intended to provide you with financial benefits to replacement your regular wages during the time that you are unable to work as a result of the injury or illness. There is a seven day waiting period before you are entitled to wage replacement benefits; however, if you injury or illness lasts more than 14 days you will be reimbursed for the first seven days as well. The amount of your weekly wage replacement benefits will depend on how much you made prior to the injury or illness. Your benefits are calculated based on your average weekly wage, or AWW, prior to the claim being filed. You will receive two-thirds of your AWW in wage replacement benefits.
In theory, getting a Southfield workers’ compensation claim approved should be simple; however, claims are frequently denied for a variety of reasons. Because you, and your family if you have one, are likely counting on the benefits offered by the workers’ compensation system it is best to consult with an experienced Southfield workers’ compensation attorney as soon as you have reason to believe you are entitled to benefits.
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