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Q. I injured my shoulder at work. I can no longer do my job, and have not been able to find any other work. What workers comp benefits can I receive? (July 2017)

A. The Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act provides that you can receive wage loss benefits paying 80% of your after-tax lost wages, up to $870/week, potentially for life, subject to reductions by other benefits you might receive. You are entitled to lifetime medical care for your injury. You may also be entitled to up to two years of vocational rehabilitation including tuition expenses to help you get restored into a new career. If you have trouble securing these benefits from your employer or its insurance carrier, feel free to call for a free consultation regarding your rights.

-Attorney Robert J. MacDonald