Work Loss Benefits Less Than Expected

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This is why your work loss benefits may be less than you expected in Michigan.

“Why is my no-fault wage loss check not as much as I was making at work?”

  1. The No-Fault Act allows the insurance company to reduce its wage loss payment to an injured person by 15%. In other words, you will get 85% of your gross (before tax) earnings for as long as you can prove that you are disabled due to the accident.

The 15% is taken out because you would normally be paying taxes on your wages. The amount you get from the no-fault carrier is not taxable to you. If you can prove that you were in a tax bracket less than 15%, you would get your full wage minus the percentage tax bracket you were in.

Remember, your insurance company has the right to decide on its own whether you are disabled because of the accident. The insurance company may cut you off from wages and other benefits, such as medical coverage, even if your doctor believes you are still disabled. Many lawsuits arise between injured people and their insurance companies over whether a claimant is truly entitled to continuing insurance payments.

Keep In Mind On Wage Loss Claims

You should also keep in mind that there is a three year time limit on no-fault wage loss claims, and there is a monthly maximum you can receive, no matter how much you earn. Attorneys who work on auto accident cases will be able to tell you more about how these benefits and limitations work.

Conclusion

Contact us through our contact form or call 1-866-22Not33 to speak with an attorney about your work loss claim.

Source: MCL 500.3107(1)(b)

Steven Matz

Written By Steven Matz

Steven Matz
Steven J. Matz is a founding shareholder of Matz Injury Law. The firm’s concentration is on personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury. Mr. Matz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction and highest honors in 1974 from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from The George Washington University National Law Center. Mr. Matz lectures and publishes in a number of areas, including ethics, marketing, trial tactics, and head injury. Mr. Matz has served on the Michigan Association for Justice Executive Board and currently serves the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board as a Hearing Panel Chairman and Master. He is also a member of the State Bar Committee for Character and Fitness.
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