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Michigan Injured Employee Workers Compensation Benefits

Important workers compensation benefit information for injured Michigan employees

Michigan Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Injured Michigan workers are entitled to:
    • (1) certain benefits to make up for the loss of wages suffered by the injured worker (limited by annually adjusted caps);
    • (2) the cost of medical treatment (subject to cost containment rules);
    • (3) vocational rehabilitation services (limited to 104 weeks). Vocational rehabilitation can include changing the worker’s job station or working with the employer and worker to aid in the person’s return to work at the same or similar job or working with an agency to help the worker find a job with another employer.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Michigan-

  • The Michigan employer may direct the injured Michigan worker to a treating physician or medical facility of the employer’s choice for the first 10 days of care following the injury or illness.
  • After the first 10 days of medical care, injured Michigan workers may choose their own treating physician, but they must notify the employer with the name of the chosen health care provider.

Michigan Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 80% percent of the injured workers after tax wage.
    • No minimum weekly payment.
    • Maximum weekly payment is 90% of the state average weekly wage or $752.
    • Maximum number of payments is no limit.
    • Benefits are subject to offsets.
    • Note:
      • 2009 Michigan state average weekly wage is: $834.79.
      • A worker must have a wage loss of at least one week in order to receive any workers’ compensation wage loss benefits.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 80% percent of the injured workers after tax wage.
    • Minimum weekly paymentis 25% of state average weekly wage or $208.70.
    • Maximum weekly payment is 90% of the state average weekly wage or $752.
    • Maximum number of payments is no limit.
    • Benefits are subject to offsets.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 80% percent of the injured workers after tax wage.
    • Scheduled injury only the minimum weekly payment is 25% of the state average weekly wage or $208.70.
    • Scheduled injury maximum weekly payment is 90% of the state average weekly wage or $752.
    • Benefits are subject to offsets.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries have no maximum amount or payment period but are paid for the length of the disability.


Michigan Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • Michigan workers compensation death benefits are payable to a Michigan employee's surviving spouse and or dependents based upon a percentage of the employee's wage and is subject to a maximum cap as outlined in state statute. Burial allowance is also paid subject to the maximum amount allowed by statute.


Michigan Workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Attorney fees are allowed for injured Michigan workers when their cases are resolved through trial, appeal, or as the result of voluntary payment. These fees are by rule set at 30% based on the injured Michigan employees benefit rate up to 2/3 of the state weekly average wage.
  • If an injured Michigan workers case is resolved through redemption settlement then fees are are limited to 15% of the first $25,000 and 10% of the balance.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.michigan.gov/wca/



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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