What Michigan Workers Compensation Attorneys Need to Know About the new Work Comp law

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Alex Berman of Alex Berman PC will speak at a seminar aimed at helping workers compensation attorneys understand how changes to the law will affect their clients

Many of the new provisions in the Workers Comp Act are extremely vague and ripe for abuse. It is our job as workers comp attorneys to be very familiar with the dangers our new law poses...

There's a new Michigan work comp law that drastically harms people injured on the job, so workers compensation attorneys must be extra vigilant about protecting their clients, says Alex Berman, a workers compensation attorney of more than 35 years and head of Farmington Hills-based Alex Berman PC (DBA Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers).

Berman will speak at a Michigan Association for Justice conference on Friday in Novi, Michigan. The conference is all about changes in workers compensation law.

The new workers comp law amended the Michigan Workers Compensation Act to make it more difficult to collect workers comp benefits, Berman noted.

"These changes to Michigan’s workers compensation law will unfairly punish innocent employees who have been hurt on the job — in many ways," said Berman, who is also president of the Workers Compensation Trial Lawyers Association. "I'd like to inform my fellow workers compensation attorneys of the effects of this new law, and help them avoid common mistakes when protecting their clients."

Here's a video on the new workers comp law.

Berman said changes to the new law will negatively affect injured workers in the following ways:

1. An employer or its insurance company can now reduce wage loss benefits based upon a hypothetical "wage earning capacity." This means that an injured worker's wage loss benefits can be cut based upon phantom wages from a job that may not even exist. When this is about to happen, injured workers will receive a "notice of dispute" letter.

2. Extends the period of time that an employer has to select medical providers for a person who was injure on the job. An injury victim must now wait 28 days to choose his own doctor or seek a second opinion.

3. It is now more difficult to collect workers compensation benefits for preexisting conditions. This will make claims for back and neck injuries more difficult, as most people have some degenerative arthritis in their spine.

4. An employer can now stop the payment of workers compensation benefits if an employee is terminated for fault. This means that injured workers could have their wage loss benefits taken away just because they violated a company rule or policy.

Here's another video on the new workers comp law with a more detailed explanation of the four points above.

"Many of the new provisions in the Workers Comp Act are extremely vague and ripe for abuse," Berman said. "It is our job as workers comp attorneys to be very familiar with the dangers our new law poses and be ready to help our clients during these tough times."

About Alex Berman: Alex Berman is founder of the Law Offices of Alex Berman, PC (Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers). He has more than 35 years experience as a workers compensation attorney. Alex is president of the Workers Compensation Trial Lawyers Association. He was named in DBusiness magazine as one of the Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, and his workers compensation lawyer blog is one of the "LexisNexis Top 25 Workers Compensation Blogs."

About the law firm: Alex Berman, PC (Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers) has been protecting people injured at work for more than 35 years. The workers compensation law firm is based in Farmington Hills, Michigan at 30101 Northwestern Highway. For more information, call (855) 221-COMP. You can also read the Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers Blog.

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