Cochran, Foley & Associates, P.C. Workers Compensation Injury Firm
The Law Offices of Cochran, Foley & Associates, P.C. are workers compensation Michigan attorneys dedicated to representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of injuries sustained at work. We’re leading workers compensation Michigan attorneys and look forward to answering any questions you may have.
As a service to you we’ve written several articles that will help you understand your rights, and when you should—and shouldn’t—contact workers compensation Michigan attorneys. We hope this service is as useful to you as actually contacting a workers compensation lawyer in Michigan.
If you have questions about any of these topics please feel free to contact our team of workers compensation claim lawyers directly. We’re workers compensation Michigan attorneys who are happy to help.
What Should A Worker Expect When Injured at Place of Employment
Workers Compensation is the name given to a system of laws intended to protect injured workers. The goal of the workers compensation claim is to make sure if you are injured at work that you receive appropriate medical care, lost wages, retraining and rehabilitation, if needed, to re-enter the workplace, or benefits for your family if you are killed on the job.
Who is Covered, Who is Not
Most workers in Michigan are covered by Michigan Workers Compensation if injured on the job. Some workers who may not be covered, however, include agricultural workers or federal
workers such as postal carriers. Some businesses with three or fewer employees also may be exempt. A workers compensation lawyer in Michigan will give you complete details.
“While a typical injured employee does not know workers compensation law, a typical employer is very much aware of how the system works and how to terminate an employee’s benefits,” says attorney Terry Cochran, partner in the law firm of Cochran, Foley & Associates, PC, which specializes in workers comp and other liability cases.
“An injured worker who returns to work to a specifically created position may find that, 100 weeks later, the position is eliminated and he is laid off – no longer eligible for workers comp,” cautions Cochran. “Many employers hire doctors who are much more interested in maintaining a relationship with the employer than with accurately diagnosing the employee. My firm will help protect your rights when one of these ‘hired gun’ doctors tries to block you from getting necessary treatment, cut off your benefits, or send you back to work too early.”
The lawyer experienced in workers comp whom you hire also will know the administrative judges or hearing officers who preside over comp hearings, and likely will know many of the doctors and defense lawyers who are trying to block your claim. An attorney who knows the ins-and-outs of the system can help ensure you collect benefits due you or, if you wish, get a maximum payoff to settle your compensation claim.