One of the few benefits of an injury while working for a large firm like General Motors is that the company will have made provisions for workers’ compensation.
Apart from a very few states, every large company needs to have workers’ compensation insurance to provide medical and lost earnings compensation in the event of a genuine workplace injury or illness. These claims are not always straightforward so it may be useful to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney.
The attorney can help you understand your rights and responsibilities with regard to making a legitimate claim.
General Motors Company Profile
General Motors (GM) is an American multinational auto manufacturer, which is involved in the manufacture of vehicles, vehicle parts, refrigeration machinery and appliances, electrical and electronic parts and appliances and military equipment, just to mention the major products.
The original GM which was established in 1908 by William C. Durant filed for bankruptcy during the 2008 financial crisis but was re established as a new company after liquidation.
Its present headquarters remain in Detroit Michigan and the employee base is over 215,000.
General Motors Employee Earnings
As might be expected, there is a huge range of GM employees. They earn widely varying wages and salaries. These earnings must be taken into consideration whenever an individual GM employee files a workers’ compensation claim.
Earnings vary, like in any organization, according to occupational category, level of experience and skill, hours actually worked including overtime and location. The list given below gives an example of what a small number of GM employees might normally earn.
The figures are taken from payscale.com’s website for January 2017 earnings. The full list of GM employee earnings is available on the relevant web page.
- A production worker might earn anywhere between $23,771 and $58,003 a year;
- A production operator earns between $33,768 and $97,029 annually;
- Electricians earn between $47,466 and $124,206 a year;
- Engineering interns earn between $25,220 and $52,912 a year.
What Your General Motors Workers' Comp Claim Might be Worth
Workers’ compensation payments depend on evidence of what has been spent or likely to be spent on medical treatment related to the workplace injury or illness. Generally, this component of the claim is the full cost of treatment, whether it has just been paid for, or is an estimate of future costs.
The lost earnings component is generally easier to calculate because it will be determined by the company itself. The lost earnings component is a percentage of what would have been earned if the employee had been able to be at work normally.
This percentage might vary a little from state to state, but is usually around 66% (two thirds) of the expected lost earnings.
An example for an injured or sick GM production worker whose annual salary was $35,000 would indicate that a WC payment of $1,945 would be claimed for each month away from work.
A Workers' Compensation Attorney Can Help You With Your Claim
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can seem a daunting task, especially if you are unwell or recovering from a major injury. The paperwork and the calculations for lost earnings must be accurate otherwise you are likely to be losing out.
Talk to a workers’ comp. attorney about your claim before you file it, or if you have any problems with some stage in the process.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against General Motors, or any other company, you may not be entitled to any compensation.