Qualifications for Workers’ Compensation in Detroit
You worked for years, maybe in manufacturing, health care or another major industry in Michigan. One day you’re hurt on the job. Or over time you developed an illness related to your work.
Every job comes with some risk. This is what workers’ compensation benefits are for.
Employers are required to carry hurt-on-the-job insurance, so you’re well taken care of—with medical treatment, prescription coverage and checks for lost wages.
You have to meet some basic qualifications to get benefits. But sometimes, employers and insurance companies refuse to help. That’s when you need to bring in backup.
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To qualify for workers’ comp, your illness or injury must be tied to your work as an employee.
Do I Qualify for Workers’ Comp?
The qualifications for workers’ comp are pretty simple:
- You must be an employee functioning in your job when your injury occurred.
- Your illness or injury must be related to your job.
Your health problem could be a temporary disability caused by a particular accident, or a long-term injury caused by continuous strain in the job.
With workers’ comp, it doesn’t matter who’s at fault for the accident or working conditions that led to your injury. As long as you were injured while working, you’re eligible for benefits.
But here’s where employers and insurance companies sometimes try to take something simple and make it complicated: They’ll wrongly say you’re an independent contractor—not an employee—to avoid paying benefits.
If that’s happening to you, you should immediately contact a workers’ comp attorney.
Start your workers’ comp claim by applying for benefits as soon as possible after an on-the-job injury.
How to Start Your Claim
As soon as something happens at work that requires medical care, you should immediately begin applying for workers’ comp benefits. The Michigan workers’ comp system has deadlines you don’t want to miss.
First, alert your employer right away. Your employer should fill out the form you need to start the workers’ comp process. If they don’t, however, you can file your claim directly with the state—on your own or with help from an attorney.
If you apply and then get denied, it isn’t the end of the road. Many people only receive fair benefits after appealing the decision.
And when you appeal, you want a legal professional working for you. The insurance company only works for itself.
Levine Benjamin strives to make sure you receive every dime you deserve after an injury at work.
We’ll evaluate your case for FREE. We only charge a fee when you win.