If you have been injured at your place of work, you should inform your employer as soon as possible. In the state of Michigan, your employer is required to provide you with medical care if you sustain an injury while working and they offer workers’ compensation insurance. Contact us at Arora Hand Surgery to learn more about your rights and find out how we can help you recover.
Receiving Medical Care
After sustaining a workplace-related injury, you are entitled to receive the appropriate form of treatment as soon as possible. Under the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act, your employer must accommodate you by providing you with the care you need to recover from your injury, but there are some rules about the Act that you should be familiar with in order to make the most of your rights.
- Within the first 28 days of treatment, your employer has the right to choose your physician. After this period of time, however, you may change your physician if you so choose.
- To receive compensation for a workplace-related injury, it must last longer than seven days. Your employer is not required to provide medical care for an injury from which it takes less time to recover.
- Your employer must pay benefits within 14 days of being notified of a workplace injury. After this payment, your employer must continue payments weekly until you have received full compensation.
On Vocational Rehabilitation
Your rights as an injured worker include vocational rehabilitation, which involve helping you make a smooth transition back into the workforce once you have recovered. To find out which vocational rehabilitation services your employer offers, speak to them about your options. Examples of rehabilitation services include job retraining or assistance finding a new position.
Not all employers provide workers’ compensation insurance. If you need to find out if your employer does, you can receive more information upon inquiry.
Hand injuries are among the most common injuries received on the job. At Arora Hand Surgery, we provide a wide range of procedures and services for patients who are dealing with hand complications. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment or learn more about your worker’s compensation rights.