Grand Rapids Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Aggressive Legal Representation for Michigan Workers
If you're injured on the job in Michigan, you may file a workers' compensation claim. Benefits may cover medical expenses, lost wages, and any vocational rehabilitation services you may need. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies may deny claims to avoid compensating the injured employee. In some situations, they may pay benefits, but the amount might be below what the employee needs or deserves. Often, they try to terminate benefits early even though the employee is still entitled to receive them.
Navigating your claim's complexities can be frustrating and take away from the time you need to get better. Fortunately, you don't have to handle your case alone. You can have a Grand Rapids workers compensation attorney take care of the details and communicate with your employer and the insurance company on your behalf. At Tanis Schultz, we represent the whole state of Michigan and have years of experience guiding injured workers through the process. When you choose us, we will ensure that your rights are protected and can seek just benefits on your behalf. Our team can help whether you are making an initial claim, your benefits have been terminated, or you are seeking to appeal a denial.
Don't wait to get started on your case. Call us at (616) 608-7149 or contact us online today.
How Does Workers' Compensation Work?
Michigan workers' compensation benefits aren't limited to people employed in specific industries, such as construction. Many employers meeting certain criteria are required to maintain coverage.
Workers' comp laws are in place to help people who have been hurt at work – whether the employee was on the job or carrying out a work-related function offsite.
Compensable injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Back injuries
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Leg injuries
- Neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Carpal tunnel
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
It's important to note that an employee cannot seek workers' compensation benefits if their injuries were self-inflicted, incurred while engaging in some illegal activity, or sustained when they were not working.
For help determining whether your situation qualifies for pursuing a claim, reach out to our Grand Rapids workers' comp attorneys. We'll take the time to learn about how your injuries came about and discuss your legal options for recovering compensation for losses and expenses.
What Do Michigan Workers' Compensation Benefits Cover?
The type of compensation an injured worker can receive depends on their situation and what's needed to help them recover.
They may be compensated for the following:
- Medical expenses: When medical treatment is needed for a work-related injury, the employer is required to pay all costs.
- Lost wages: If the employee must miss work because of their injury, benefits will cover a portion of their wages, which is a percentage of past income.
- Vocational rehabilitation: The injury might have been such that the employee needs training to return to work. Benefits may cover these costs.
At Tanis Schultz, our Grand Rapids worker's comp lawyers will examine your situation and let you know what you may expect to receive compensation for. We'll also evaluate the merits of your case – reviewing medical records, pay stubs, and other relevant information – to determine a fair recovery value.
When Should I Hire a Grand Rapids Workers' Comp Lawyer?
After you've suffered a work-related injury, immediately notify your employer and complete an accident report. Then, contact Tanis Schultz right away. Getting started on your case as soon as possible can help you pursue an effective course of action and build a strategy to present your claim.
We're Ready to Protect Your Rights and Best Interests
At Tanis Schultz, our Grand Rapids workers' compensation attorneys care about the people we help. We want you to be able to focus on your recovery without having to worry about medical costs or lost wages. We serve in Grand Rapids and the whole state of Michigan. That is why our firm is here to advise you and take any steps needed to pursue the compensation you deserve under state law.
Related Reading: Michigan Worker's Comp FAQs