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The Flint Journal & Genesee County Bar Association’s “Ask the Attorney”


Q. I’ve spent years at work lifting and moving heavy boxes and now my back hurts so bad, I can no longer do the work. My employer is telling me that because I cannot identify “the date” I was injured, I cannot collect workers’ comp. Is this right?

A. No. The Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act generally provides benefits to workers where work caused, aggravated, contributed to, or accelerated a disability. The Act states there does not need to be a specific date of injury, accident or sudden event that resulted in your disability. If repetitive or cumulative activities contributed to your disability, you are usually protected and eligible for benefits. Call us if you have additional questions or need further assistance.

Atty. Robert J. MacDonald
–December 2008 column