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How Much are Workers' Compensation Benefits in Michigan?

The State of Michigan Workers' Compensation system offers benefits to eligible employees who are hurt on the job or suffer a work related illness or injury. These benefits include lost wages as well as covering the cost of medical treatment for the work related illness or injury.

What Are Wage Loss Benefits?

Wage loss benefits under the Michigan Workers' Comp system cover a portion of your lost wages while you are off work due to a work related injury or illness. Wage loss benefits will begin after you have been off of work for seven days, however, if your work related condition keeps you off of work for at least fourteen days, you can receive retroactive benefits that cover the first seven days you were off work. As long as your wage earning capacity is reduced by your work related illness or condition, you can continue to receive workers' comp benefits. One caveat to this is if you turned down a reasonable job offer within your restrictions and qualifications.

Under the Michigan Workers' Compensation system, the amount of wage loss benefits is generally 80% of your pre-injury wages based on the after tax value of your average weekly wages in the 39 highest paid weeks out of the preceding 52 weeks before your workplace illness or injury. The State has capped the amount one can receive, and in 2021 the maximum wage loss benefit is $975.00 per week.

If you are able to return to work in a limited capacity, the Michigan Workers' Comp law allows you to receive 80% of the difference between your pre-injury wages and your current earning capacity. You can visit the Michigan Workers' Compensation online calculation tool to help you see how much your wage loss benefits may be: https://worcs.apps.lara.state.mi.us/WORCS/BenCalc/CalculationOptions

What is Wage Earning Capacity?

The Michigan Workers' comp law states that your wage earning capacity equals the amount you would be able to earn at a job that is reasonably available and meets your education, training, experience, and skills. If you have been given limitations or restrictions by your doctor, and your employer has offered you a job within those restrictions, then your wage loss benefits are calculated based on any reduction in actual earnings you suffer as a result of your work related illness or injury. If your employer does not have a job available within your restrictions, you must make a good faith effort to find work that you are both qualified for and that accommodates your restrictions. If that cannot be accomplished, you may receive the full amount of wage loss benefits.

If you have any questions regarding Workers' Compensation in Michigan, please contact the Grech Law Firm and we will provide you with a free consultation.