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Michigan Workers' Compensation

A Summary of Your Rights and Responsibilities under Workers' Disability Compensation

Workers' Disability Compensation is an employee benefit established in 1912 by the Michigan Legislature. It is administered by the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services, Bureau of Workers' & Unemployment Compensation ("the bureau") and covers most employees.

Compensation is provided for disability or death as a result of a work-related injury or disease, without regard to who may be at fault. Benefits are paid by employers (either directly or through their insurance companies) and should not be confused with unemployment compensation, hospital, health, or accident insurance. Payments are not made by the bureau or the State of Michigan.

If you don't know whether your employer has compensation insurance, ask them. You can also find out by writing the bureau at one of the addresses on the back cover of this pamphlet.

The right to recovery of benefits as provided in the Workers' Disability Compensation Act is your exclusive remedy against your employer for work-related injuries or diseases. Employees do not have the right to sue employers for benefits not provided for in the Act.

This pamphlet only summarizes your rights and responsibilities under the Workers' Disability Compensation Act. Your employer and/or their insurance carrier should be consulted for additional information and clarification. The bureau can also assist you.



You must:

- notify your employer or insurance carrier of any wages earned during the benefit period.

- submit to reasonable periodic medical examination if required by your employer or insurance carrier.

- cooperate with reasonable rehabilitation efforts directed toward assisting you to return to appropriate competitive employment.

- accept a valid offer of employment from your previous employer, another employer, or through the State of Michigan Unemployment Agency (formerly Michigan Employment Security Commission).

State of MI Plaza
1200 Sixth St. 48226
(313) 256-2770
State Office Building
305 Ludington 49829
(906) 786-2081
Bristol West Center
G-1388 W. Bristol Rd. 48507
(810) 760-2618
Grand Rapids
2942 Fuller NE
Grand Rapids 49505
(616) 447-2670
940 N. 10th Street 49009
(616) 544-4440
Lansing Area
Woodlake Circle
Okemos 48864
(517) 241-9393
Mt. Clemens
Old County Bldg. 10th Fl.
10 N. Main 48043
(586) 463-6577
Oakland Towne Center (NBD Bldg.), Suite 1310
28 N. Saginaw 48342
(248) 334-2497
State Office Bldg.
411-K E. Genesee 48607
(989) 758-1768
TDD# in Lansing (517) 322-5987

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This page last updated 04/17/2002