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Employees have responsibilities under the Act as well.
- An employee must report details of work-related accidents or diseases promptly to the employer, supervisor or other person in charge. Failure to give notice of an accident or injury within three months may result in a loss of rights to compensation.
- An employee must submit to reasonable and periodic medical examinations if required by the employer or insurance company.
- An employee must cooperate with reasonable rehabilitation efforts directed toward assisting the employee to return to appropriate competitive employment.
- Employees who retain the ability to work after their injury are required by the Act to make a good faith effort to search for available work within their qualifications, training and medical restrictions, or attempt to perform reasonable employment offered by their previous employer, another employer, or the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Failure to make a good faith effort to search for work or attempt reasonable employment could adversely impact the employee's rights to continued benefits.
- If an employee is receiving old age Social Security benefits, pension or retirement benefits, or benefits under a wage continuation program, self-insurance program or disability insurance policy paid for by the employer, or unemployment benefits, the employee must report the amounts received as there will be a coordination of these benefits against any wage loss benefits received from the same employer.
To determine if an employer is insured for workers' disability compensation, you can search the records on the Workers' Compensation Agency website to find that information. If your search does not reveal insurance coverage, follow the instructions provided on the Agency's website to file a complaint. You may also call the Workers' Compensation Agency at 888-396-5041 or 517-322-1195.
This Department does not represent employees in workers compensation disputes, however employees have the right to retain an attorney or represent themselves in all contested worker's compensation claims.