Worker's Compensation

Under the Michigan Workers´ Disability Compensation Act, almost all Michigan employers are required to carry workers´ compensation insurance, to cover an employee who suffers an ” injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” A Michigan worker who is hurt on the job is entitled to benefits for wage loss, life time medical treatment, and rehabilitation services resulting from the Michigan work-related injury.

Under Michigan law, workers´ compensation wage loss benefits are 80% of the after-tax value of your average weekly wage. There are some complicated features to calculating wage loss benefits. When a worker’s weekly salary varies from week to week, wage loss benefits are based on the average of the 39 highest paid weeks in the last 52 weeks.

If an injured worker returns to work part-time, or at a lower-paying job, that individual still may be eligible for partial wage loss benefits, to cover part of the difference between the amount he or she earned before and after the work-related injury.

Michigan workers´ compensation pays for all medical care that is reasonable and necessary for treatment of a work-related injury, for as long as the worker requires treatment. Thus, a worker with a serious or chronic injury may be eligible for these medical benefits for years, or even for the rest of his or her life.

However, many times disputes with your employer may arise about what is reasonable and necessary treatment. Also many times Employers will tell you not to fill out an incident report that under Michigan Law needs to be filled out and given to your employer to receive workers compensation benefits. Additionally, the formulas for calculating your benefits can be very complex and confusing. For these reasons and many others you should enlist the help of an experienced Lansing workers’ compensation attorney such as David M. Clark and the attorneys at The Clark law Office to help you get the benefits you deserve. Seek the legal guidance that you need to complete and file a worker’s compensation complaint and receive the results that you are owed. We will file the complaint and have it filed with the Workers Compensation Bureau usually the day of your appointment.

Social Security

The Social Security Administration denies many people after their first application for Disability Benefits. However, after appeal, many of those people that are turned down win the benefits that they rightfully deserve. If you have been turned down by Social Security there is still hope. An experienced Michigan Social Security Attorney can help you prepare your appeal and win the benefits that you are entitled to at hearing before the Social Security Administration. David M. Clark has successfully fought for his clients disability benefits for 30 years in the State of Michigan.

Let a Lansing Attorney Help You Get Disability Benefits in Michigan
If you can no longer work because you have a physical or psychological disability it is important to find a Lansing social security lawyer that can help you through the process in the following ways. An experienced attorney can help you organize your medical records and make sure everything is covered. We help many clients after they have been initially denied so we have a very good idea of what the social security administration is looking for in an approval. If there is any important missing medical information we can take care of the issue before your appeal for your benefits. Bringing in medical experts that are respected in their fields can go a long way in streghtening your case. Our Michigan social security lawyers can also prepare and craft the legal arguements that are going to be the backbone in your case or claim. The Clark Law Office can help guide you at the hearing before witnessess, the ALJ, and the vocational rehabilitation expert.

Our Lansing Social Security Attorneys Specialize In These Areas

Social Security Disability Services
Supplemental Security Income Services
Benefits Payments Services
Appeal Denial Legal Services

Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits in Michigan?
Before deciding whether you qualify for benefits, it is required that you have an insured status. Generally, but not always, you must show significant work in the last 5 out of 10 years. Once you have an insured status, you go on to the next phase in the process and determine if you are actually entitled to any benefits and how much. There are many factors that go into the decision of approving or denying your social security benefits, but some are more important than others. The most relied upon factors include your age, your education level, your work skills, whether your work skills transfer, your impairment, and your past relevant work history. The Social Security Adminstration will heavily weigh these factors on their decision about your social security benefits.

When looking at your impairment, the type of impairment is crucial. It can either be total impairment or non-total impairment. If it is decided that you don’t have a total impairment, then the residual functional capacity comes into play. This capacity basically is a scale that ranks the amount of work you are capable of. It is broken down in the following fashion:

Sedentary – Capable only of sitting or sedentary behavior and lifting 10 lbs.
Light – Capable of Working/Standing six out of an 8 hour work day and lifting 20 lbs.
Medium – Capable of Working/Standing the entire day and lifting 50 lbs.
Heavy – Capable of Working/Standing the entire day and lifting 75+ lbs.
Very Heavy – Capable of Working/Standing the entire day and lifting 100+ lbs.