GRAND RAPIDS WORKERS COMPENSATION ATTORNEY | WORKERS COMPENSATION LAWYER - GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN
If you are faced with a workers compensation injury in Grand Rapids Michigan, it is important to contact a Grand Rapids workers compensation attorney. The worker's compensation attorneys at Krupp Law Offices PC can answer your questions about worker's compensation and related injuries at no cost to you. Workers compensation attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. They don't get paid unless you recover. It is extremely important to contact an attorney immediately when you are injured as a result of a serious work related accident. You need to know your rights when explaining your worker's compensation injuries to human resources and the insurance company. Worker's compensation adjusters are working for the person that caused the accident or has liability to reduce or eliminate your compensation. They are not trying to compensate you. You need an experienced Grand Rapids worker's compensation attorney representing your interests to make sure your are justly and fairly compensated. Call us now and speak with an attorney that can explain your rights under the Michigan Workers Compensation Act.
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MICHIGAN WORKER'S COMPENSATION GENERALLY
All compensation for injuries to employees as a result of a work-related injury is determined by the worker's compensation laws of the state of Michigan. Prior to the workers compensation laws being enacted within the state of Michigan, an injured worker was required to file a personal injury lawsuit to be compensated for injuries that occurred on the job or as a result of the job. The enactment of the workers compensation laws in Michigan were a balancing of interest between the employer and the employee.
In Michigan, employee is only required to establish that they were injured on the job or as result of their job without proving negligence (duty, breach, causation, and damages). As such, an employee only needs to establish two elements: (1) injury and (2) job-related. This would seem to be very beneficial for the employee, but the employer also received a benefit. Unlike a personal injury lawsuit, worker's compensation claims are determined by a magistrate (Judge) rather than a jury. In addition, damages can also be limited. As a result, the employer no longer needs to face numerous jury trials and exorbitant judgments in favor of the employee.
Issues in worker's compensation case are usually narrow. The typical issues are as follows: (1) is the worker an employee of the employer? (Or independent contractor), (2) is the injury a result of work? (3) what are the damages?
EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?
Occasionally it is difficult to determine whether a worker is employee of the employer or independent contractor. In determining whether employee is independent contractor or an employee, the court will look at the hours worked, the rate of pay (paid by the hour or by the job), the control of the employer over the employee/independent contractor. As a rule of thumb, the more control an employer has over employee the more likely he is to be considered employee and not independent contractor.
IS THE INJURY WORK RELATED?
Some injuries may not appear to be work-related and upon inquiry the injury is work-related. For example, if an employee contracts cancer, it may not appear to be work-related. But upon closer examination, you discover that the employee was constantly exposed to solvents and chemicals that are known to cause cancer. As a result, the cancer would be a work-related injury.
WHAT ARE THE DAMAGES?
For number of cases damages can be difficult determined. Until the exact nature of the injuries are determined employees will receive compensation on a weekly basis to cover lost wages. Occasionally an employee may be entitled to retraining or education to qualify them for a different job. Alternatively, many employees will receive a lump sum to compensate them for their injuries (similar to a personal injury lawsuit).
Attorneys fees are set by statute in Michigan based on a percentage of the lump sum payment. The larger the lump sum payment, the smaller the percentage (as large as 20 percent or as small as 10 percent).
Considering attorneys work on a percentage of recovery in the workers compensation area, it is beneficial to have the assistance of attorney to help you with a claim. An attorney will evaluate a claim for free to determine whether you're entitled to compensation.
WORKER'S COMPENSATION ATTORNEY - GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN
If you are facing a workers compensation injury, a good worker's compensation attorney is not optional, it is a requirement! Our workers comp attorneys can answer your questions with straight talk. Having the right worker's compensation attorney on your side can relieve your stress during this difficult situation. Our attorneys have over 95 years of workers compensation experience. Our attorneys have extensive workers compensation trial experience. Workers compensation attorney fees are paid on a contingency basis. We get paid only if you do. It costs nothing to call us. If this life changing event, it is extremely important to retain the services of an experienced attorney in the area of worker's compensation.
KRUPP LAW OFFICES PC is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and has the right worker's compensation attorney for you. We represent clients throughout West Michigan, including the cities of Grand Rapids, Holland, and Grand Haven, and the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Newaygo, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Ionia.
Call for a free phone consultation. Our office can help.
161 Ottawa NW Suite 404
Grand Rapids MI 49503