Workers’ Compensation Claimants Must Establish “Stokes” Evidence Even for Closed Period of Disability

In an unpublished opinion released yesterday (Tatar v. Ryder.OPN), the Court of Appeals affirmed the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission’s decision to overturn a closed period award of workers' compensation benefits. The Commission ruled Plaintiff's failure to meet his burden of proof under Stokes, that he was unable to find jobs that remained within his qualifications and [...]

Supreme Court Denies Challenge to Court of Appeals Holding that Term “Bodily Injury” in Motor Vehicle Exception to Governmental Immunity is Limited to Medical Damages for Corporeal Injury to Body and Does Not Encompass Non-Economic Tort Damages

In an order issued yesterday, Hunter v. Sisco.sct.order.11.20.2013, the Michigan Supreme Court denied an appeal challenging the Court of Appeals published opinion, which held the term "bodily injury" in the statutory provision known as the motor vehicle exception to governmental immunity in the Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA), MCL 691.1405, does not encompass non-economic tort damages, such [...]