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Old July 20th, 2006, 06:20 PM   #1
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Well I ran into a situation at work that I am not sure how to take and wonder what your thoughts are on the situation?

The other day I got cut pretty bad at work. It was for sure a good enough cut to go to the med center. So I show the boss and he sent me there but he told me to make sure I punch out before I go? This is the weird part as every time I have gotten hurt (I don't that often really) I stayed punched in and got paid for it. I asked them after I was taken care of at the doctor and they said its the new company policy? I was like WTF, I never heard about it or got no notice. No it is not a Union shop. They said they had people abuse the system and when someone got hurt last time that they had one person drive them in to the docotor and the hurt guy and the driver sat there for 2.5 hrs. When I got hurt they could'nt even find me someone to drive me. I told them fine I will drive myself as I needed to get it to stop bleeding. Not fun driving a stick shift with my right hand bleeding profusly and throbbing.
Im not a big winer about things but this just caught me off gaurd and was just stunned. It took me 1.5 hours to get back to work so it not like its that long. I don't need the money that bad to start a arugment over but just wondered if its even legal to do this? I looked up the workers comp website but saw nothing about it. Anyone ever run into this?

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Old July 20th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #2
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It doesn't matter if you're "punched in" or not.
The obvious legal questions are
Do you have witnesses?
Did you tell the health care providers it was an injury on the job?

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/wc...n_119771_7.pdf

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I filled out paper work like that at the doctor. I was working and punched in when this happened they are not contesting any thing with the accident. Yes I have witnesses and company is taking care of the bills on it. I just cut my hand and needed 6 stitches to close it up. Thats not the problem. Its just that lately they have been so hell bent on saving every little dime they can. And while I am sitting there bleeding they are concerned about me punching out so they do not have to pay me for going to the Med Station. I had to pick up antibiotics and the pharmecey charged me $15 and I brought the bill in today and they cut me check for it so they are taking care of the doctor bill and the medication.

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I filled out paper work like that at the doctor. I was working and punched in when this happened they are not contesting any thing with the accident. Yes I have witnesses and company is taking care of the bills on it. I just cut my hand and needed 6 stitches to close it up. Thats not the problem. Its just that lately they have been so hell bent on saving every little dime they can. And while I am sitting there bleeding they are concerned about me punching out so they do not have to pay me for going to the Med Station. I had to pick up antibiotics and the pharmecey charged me $15 and I brought the bill in today and they cut me check for it so they are taking care of the doctor bill and the medication.
Sorry to hear about your accident but also welcome to the corporate world. We do that at work also. If you have an accident we will pay you for your time but only according to the doctors "in/ out" times. Our company also had someone abuse the time. Overnight to be exact.
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Is the paid time in and out at the doctor a rule the company came up with?
Don't get me wrong I am not at all worried about not getting payed for going to the doctor just wondered how other places work. The corprate as you call it all ready took away our short term dissability insurance because a few abused it and now this. It just one thing after another. I just wish they would punish the people that abuse it instead of the guy that don't use it that often. I have not had a accident at work like this in I think 8 years and I have never used any kind of short term dissability.
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when i broke my arm at work my coworker drove me to the hospital and the yard supervisor told him to keep track of all his miles!

i was payed for every minute i was gone and i also got payed all the miles on my car when i had to goto all the doctor visits
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Corporate policy here. Goes for anyone and everyone. In fact you can be disciplined in my place of employment if you are found to not be doing the job properly. The short term disability thing sounds odd to me, might have to ask HR about that tomorrow out of curiosity...
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Well I work for a smaller company so not sure if rules are different. We still have a long term dissability insurance but pick up after 3 months off. That is for if you get hurt at home. If you get hurt at work that should be covered under workers comp.
I was doing my job right just kind of a fluke. I slipped and wrench came off bolt and sliced my hand on razor sharp edge of a steel block.
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sounds like the boss is trying to save a few bucks. End result should be that you are paid for your time at the clinic and any time lost at work if that applies. If you are not then you have a more serious issue. Unfortunately companie are looking for every 1/2 penny right now and are really tightening the shoe strings in all areas.
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Just if anyone cares I got a e-mail back from the workmens comp people and they say that the employer is not responsable to pay you while going to the doctor even if its work related.

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Under the work comp law you become eligible for wage loss benefits after 7
consecutive days of lost time, if you have 14 consecutive days wage loss is
payable from day one. There is no requirement to pay wage loss benefits for
periodic lost time due to a work injury. Otherwise, it is at the discrestion of
the employer.

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From: Bickel, Sue (DLEG)
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 7:26 AM
To: Long, Mark C (DLEG)
Subject: FW: Wages paid while going to get medical attention?



I guess the employer can do what they want. Good to know
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Have you discussed the situation with your HR department? (if you have one..not all small palces do).
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Well our HR person is one of the owners. I talked with her and she said that it was a new rule that has not went into affect yet as we have gotten no notice on it. She said she would take care of it and I will probably be fine but Im sure the new rule will go through faster then ever now.
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I'm not god, but, I do work for the state, so I know the rules.

They do have to pay you for the time spent going to the clinic, miles traveled, and all subsequent visits for follow up, as long as you were hurt on the job, doing what your job describes, per job description.

They do have to offer transportation to and from the clinic. They do have to provide it if you accept the offer.

You will be paid, from minute one of the inury, if you are unable to work. If they refuse, get an attorney.

Remember, and this is not a personal stab at anybody, you could be required to give a urine sample for a drug screen. Like I said, nothing personal, but always good to remember.

I've had many broken bones at work.
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They will pay for all your time and everything but not until 7 consecutive missed days. Then it starts then. If it goes up to 14 days then its back when injury happened. Im not going to rock the boat at work as it was only around 45 min total Im out if they decide to not pay me.
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