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Frontline responders can get free help?with legal documents from lawyers during the pandemic?

 The State Bar of Michigan’s “A Lawyer Helps”  program has launched a new initiative to provide free legal help to the workers on the front lines of keeping Michiganders safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Frontline Responders Legal Helpline, medical workers and first responders will be paired with attorneys who will assist them with preparing the crucial legal documents that are difficult to think about even during normal circumstances, but whose completion provides peace of mind — wills, medical powers of attorney, and financial powers of attorney. 

Dennis Barnes, president of the State Bar of Michigan, said, “The people who are on the front lines of the coronavirus fight?are putting their lives on the line to?help us all. I’m pleased that?through this service?Michigan’s lawyers will?have a tangible way to?say?‘thank you.’” ?

The normal income?restrictions surrounding pro bono work have been waived for?this initiative.?Every year Michigan lawyers?give thousands of hours of free legal services to?meet the legal needs of?low income?people, in addition to generously supporting an Access to Justice Fund.?

Medical workers and first responders?who would like the?offered free?legal services should?call?(800) 968-0738.?More information is available at michbar.org/thankyou.?

Michigan lawyers?interested in?volunteering?their services?can apply?at https://www.michbar.org/alawyerhelps/frontlineresponders.? Any member of the State Bar of Michigan in good standing who provides proof of malpractice insurance coverage ($100,000 per occurrence/$300,000 aggregate) is eligible to volunteer.


Law firm starts blog to address workers’ compensation issues

Foster Swift workers’ compensation defense attorneys Brian Goodenough (practice leader), Alicia Birach, Michael Cassar, Tyler Olney and Michael Sanders have launched a blog to address the ever-evolving case law and legislative changes to workers’ compensation matters affecting employers.

The purpose of this blog is to help claims adjusters and HR professionals keep abreast of the evolving legislative changes and developing case law regarding workers’ compensation matters. Topics  featured on the blog since its launch include, among others:

• The impact of COVID-19 on Michigan workers’ compensation matters, including new emergency rules surrounding first responders;

• Psychiatric workers’ compensation disability claims in a pandemic environment;

• Impact of executive orders on reduction and termination of benefits;

• Michigan’s emergency rules give personal injury presumption to “first response employees”  with COVID-19.

With over a century of combined experience defending workers' compensation claims, the Foster Swift Workers’ Compensation Practice Group aggressively represents employers, insurance carriers, group funds, and third-party administrators in all phases of the litigation process throughout the State of Michigan.
Visit miworkcompdefenseblog.com to view recent posts and to subscribe for future blog content.


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