Elbow injuries and workers compensation in Michigan

Workers compensation attorney in Michigan explains how an elbow injury from work is covered and what benefits are available.

We frequently receive telephone calls from individuals who have suffered an injury to their elbow at work. Most of these people have had their workers compensation benefits denied because of preexisting arthritis. Here is some information about workers compensation that they should know.

Elbow pain is often caused by overuse injuries. Many jobs require repetitive hand, wrist, or arm movements. These repetitive actions can cause a cumulative trauma and disability. People can also have an injury to their elbow from a specific event at work.

While elbow pain can be related to arthritis, this does not mean that a person did not suffer a legitimate work injury. A workers compensation claim should never be denied just because a person has arthritis.

What types of elbow injuries are covered?

Watch out for increased pain symptoms and report any injury when it occurs. If you could work before your injury, this is good evidence that you suffered some change in pathology.

Common elbow injuries include:

Cubital tunnel syndrome              Ligament sprains and tears
Ulnar nerve damage                     Bursitis
Dislocation                                      Radial tunnel syndrome
Elbow fracture                               Tendinitis
Tennis elbow                                  Epicondylitis

What are the workers compensation benefits?

You are entitled to lost wages if you miss work because of your elbow injury. You should receive 80% of your after-tax average weekly wage. This works out to be approximately 60% of your gross pay.

You are also entitled to prompt medical care for your elbow injury. Some individuals heal with only physical therapy while others require surgery. All reasonable and necessary medical treatment should be paid under workers compensation.

How to get help

Employers and insurance companies frequently dispute workers compensation claims just to save money. You may be examined by one of their doctors and told that you simply have degenerative arthritis. Find a doctor that you trust and get appropriate medical care.

To speak with one of our workers compensation attorneys, call (855) 221-COMP for a free consultation. There is no fee unless workers compensation benefits are recovered for you. Don’t let the insurance company wrongly deny your workers compensation benefits.

- Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years.  Alex has helped countless people obtain workers compensation benefits and never charges a fee to review a case.

Related information:

FAQs about workers compensation to help protect you

The maximum weekly rate and how to calculate your wage loss benefits

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