Workers' Compensation Specific Loss Benefits
Unfortunately, workplace injuries can be catastrophic. Under Michigan law, if you suffer the physical or functional loss of a body part because of a work injury, you are entitled to compensation. Cases that involve the loss of a body part are typically referred to as "specific loss" claims.
When you physically or functionally lose a body part, you do not have to prove a loss in wage earning capacity in order to receive workers' compensation monetary benefits. Instead, the Michigan Workers' Compensation Act sets out a benefit schedule. An injured worker with a specific loss should receive the following:
- Loss of a thumb: 65 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of the first finger: 33 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of the second finger: 33 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of the third finger: 22 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of the fourth finger: 16 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of a great toe: 33 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of any other toe: 11 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of a hand: 215 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of an arm: 269 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of a foot: 162 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of a leg: 215 weeks of benefits.
- Loss of an eye: 162 weeks of benefits.
These weekly benefits are paid, regardless of whether an injured worker loses any time from his job.
Workers' compensation claims that involve the complete amputation or loss of a body party are not commonly disputed. However, the loss of industrial use of a body part can also be a compensable injury under Michigan workers' compensation law. These claims are more regularly litigated. If you have questions about a work-related injury that resulted in loss of industrial use of a body part, contact one of our attorneys for a personalized evaluation of your claim.
At McCroskey Law, our workers' compensation attorneys can evaluate your specific loss claim, advise you of your workers' compensation rights, and guide you through the litigation process. Our workers' compensation attorneys are available for appointments in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and the Lakeshore. Contact us for a free consultation today.