Injured At Work? Get Help With Your Workers’ Compensation And Third-Party Liability Claims
Under Michigan workers’ compensation law, you are entitled to medical benefits and financial compensation for your work-related injury, regardless of fault. Beyond workers’ comp, you may also have grounds to sue a third party such as a property owner, a subcontractor or a manufacturer whose negligence contributed to your workplace accident.
We can explain your rights and explore all sources of compensation. Bredell & Bredell handles both workers’ compensation claims and third-party lawsuits. Call our lawyers today for a free consultation.
We Understand Workers’ Compensation In Michigan
For more than 30 years, we have represented injured workers in the Ann Arbor area and throughout Michigan. We will guide you through the workers’ compensation process, from initial application through any disputes or appeals. We will help you file your workers’ comp claim properly, ensuring that all requirements are met. Throughout the process, our attorneys will tell your side of the story in pursuit of the benefits and compensation you deserve.
It is important to understand what kinds of issues are common in worker’s compensation cases, including:
- Back injuries from heavy lifting — Such injuries may involve a slipped disk or a pulled muscle.
- Wrongful death in the workplace — Even without heavy machinery present, fatal injuries may occur on the job. When this happens, the victim’s loved ones may be eligible for compensation.
- Damage to knees — Repetitive strain or heavy lifting can cause injuries leading to disability for the rest of your life.
- Lump-sum versus monthly payments — Knowing whether to settle for a lump-sum payment or continue receiving monthly benefits can greatly impact your future.
- Lifelong disability — A permanent disability changes how you will live the rest of your life. We can help you protect that future.
- Earning lost wages — The income you could not earn while recovering from an injury is not necessarily out of your reach for good.
- Third-party liability — We can help you properly pursue compensation from subcontractors and other third parties that may have injured you.
- Injured while driving for your job — Truck drivers and delivery drivers involved in car accidents may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
- How to deal with adjusters — Insurance adjusters play a large role in the outcome of your case. We can help you work with them to maximize your compensation.
- Who is liable in your accident — You need to determine who is at fault to seek proper compensation. We can review your case to help you take that first step.
Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Michigan workers’ compensation law specifies certain benefits, including:
- Necessary medical treatment, including surgery
- Recovery of lost wages until you can return to work
- Compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement
- Death benefits to family members following a fatal workplace accident
Our lawyers will help you meet filing deadlines and deal with insurance adjusters. We can help you negotiate a lump-sum settlement if it is in your best interests. If your claim is denied or your benefits are shortchanged, we will vigorously represent you, employing qualified medical experts and other professionals to present a compelling case on your behalf.
Our attorneys have experience with every type of workers’ comp claim, from back injuries and knee injuries to fractures, head injuries, loss of limb and repetitive stress injuries. We have extensive experience with construction site accidents and injuries in every occupation from industrial jobs to health care, including truck drivers and delivery people injured on the job.
We Also Handle Personal Injury Claims
You cannot usually sue your employer or a co-worker for a workplace injury. Workers’ compensation is typically your only recourse through your employer. If someone other than your employer shares liability for your injuries, however, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits you receive.
Our lawyers are skilled at identifying who was responsible for your accident and whether that person or entity is liable under the law. If that third party’s actions or negligence was the sole cause or a contributing factor, we will seek to hold them accountable. A third-party action can supplement your employer-paid benefits. For example, you may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering and other damages not covered under workers’ compensation.
If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim or if you have encountered any problems with your claim, call 734-482-5000 or contact Bredell & Bredell online for a free initial consultation. With offices in Ypsilanti and Jackson, we represent injured workers throughout Michigan.