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DOUD SMITH WAGNER, with PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR WORKERS' COMP AND SOCIAL SECURITY in FLINT, SAGINAW, LANSING, and all over Michigan, help workers who were injured on the job and or were denied their workers' comp claims. Using our experience advocating for workers, we help them navigate the process of trying to recover the money they might rightfully be owed.


You could be working in a factory, at a desk in an office, or out in the field. You could be a driver, laborer, or an office clerk. Regardless, you could get hurt on the job. In many cases, this means you’d need to file a workers’ compensation claim.


Insurance companies or employers sometimes try to deny and/or minimize the benefits paid out to employees injured on the job. They might allege that workers’ injuries developed while they weren’t on the job or that workers’ injuries aren’t as serious as the worker says.

DOUD SMITH WAGNER, with PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR WORKERS' COMP AND SOCIAL SECURITY in FLINT, SAGINAW, LANSING, and all over Michigan, handle on-the-job injury claims involving, but not limited to:

  • Muscular injuries, broken bones, torn ligaments, torn rotator cuffs, and herniated disks from lifting, pushing, or other actions;

  • Sickness from exposure to toxins, including occupational diseases like mesothelioma or Black Lung;

  • Head injuries like concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from falling objects or falls;

  • Tendonitis or other repetitive motion injuries;

  • Construction accidents;

  • Hearing loss or damage;

  • Cold and heat stress or burn injuries from accidents like electrocution; and

  • Assorted injuries to the back, spinal cord, shoulder, eyes, knees, neck, hip, respiratory organs, ankles, wrists, feet, and hands.

  • Third-party claims: Although workers’ compensation is typically no-fault, employees injured on-the-job by-products or machinery could sue the manufacturer of those items to obtain compensation in court (in addition to their filing a standard workers’ compensation claim).

These injuries may be the result of unavoidable accidents, dangerous working environments, inadequate training, or faulty machinery, negligence, or fault, thereby causing personal injury workers' comp claim.

Unfortunately, workers’ compensation claims don’t always go smoothly. The doctor chosen by your employer may downplay the extent of your injuries, or your employer could suggest that your injuries occurred at home and not at work. In other circumstances, your employer may push you to return to work before you’re ready and suggest that you are exaggerating your symptoms. In cases like these, it’s best to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. DOUD SMITH WAGNER, with PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR WORKERS' COMP AND SOCIAL SECURITY in FLINT, SAGINAW, LANSING, and all over Michigan, help injured workers from all over the state every day and will happily do the same for you. 

DOUD SMITH WAGNER lawyers have handled countless workers’ compensation claims and may do the following to bolster your claim:

  • Access medical records to ensure sure your medical diagnosis was correct;

  • Collect safety reports to try and prove your injury happened on the worksite; and

  • Review employers safety records;

  • Interview eyewitnesses, if available.

According to OSHA, the biggest causes of workplace deaths include:

  • Falls;

  • Electrocution;

  • Struck by Object; and

  • Caught-in or Crushed by Object or Equipment.

These top four causes of workplace fatalities are also responsible for more than half of construction worker deaths.

Even if your workers’ compensation claim is denied, DOUD SMITH WAGNER may be able to file an appeal to fight for the benefits you deserve. DOUD SMITH WAGNER, with PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR WORKERS' COMP AND SOCIAL SECURITY in FLINT, SAGINAW, LANSING, and all over Michigan, has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our worker's comp clients. We have the experience and the track record to make sure we get you every penny you are legally entitled.

Workers' Comp Lawyer


The attorneys at DOUD SMITH WAGNER understand the impact a denied Social Security Disability claim can have on an individual and their family, especially when these benefits are the applicant’s main source of income. More often than not, applications for Social Security Disability are initially denied; however, an initial denial does not necessarily mean that the applicant is not entitled to benefits.


Unfortunately, applicants who have been rejected may choose to abandon their claims instead of proceeding with an appeal — a process that is undoubtedly intimidating to claimants even in a more typical personal injury case — where they could potentially recover the benefits they are rightfully owed. DOUD SMITH WAGNER, with PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR WORKERS' COMP AND SOCIAL SECURITY in FLINT, SAGINAW, LANSING, and all over Michigan, has extensive experience representing individuals in the application and appeals processes, among other practice areas, and have the resources needed to recover the benefits our clients deserve.

If you’ve been denied social security disability benefits, here’s something you need to know. The law firm you choose makes a BIG difference.


In fact, DOUD SMITH WAGNER wins more than the national average in recovering social security disability for clients that were denied. That means that when you hire our lawyers, you have a better chance of recovering than with the average lawyer. And that’s a really BIG deal and an absolute fact. Call us now to set up a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll investigate your claim at no charge, and we get paid only if you win.

DOUD SMITH WAGNER, with PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR WORKERS' COMP AND SOCIAL SECURITY in FLINT, SAGINAW, LANSING, and all over Michigan, has 50 years of successful Social Security Disability experience, recovering millions for our clients. DOUD SMITH WAGNER wins, meaning we don't charge you a penny UNTIL we win.  CLICK HERE FOR CONTACT DETAILS and let DOUD SMITH WAGNER starting winning for you today. 

DOUD SMITH WAGNER can make the complicated simple. We file Social Security Disability claims for our clients almost daily. If you hire a DOUD SMITH WAGNER Social Security Disability attorney, he or she will guide you through the following process:


  • Preparation: Preparing your claim, which will include gathering documents and other required information is an essential part of the claims process. An attorney can help gather the documentation needed to substantiate your claim, such as personal information (including information on your children or spouse); military information, if applicable; IRS forms; bank account information; addresses and phone numbers; detailed medical records and referrals; medication history; a list of prior employment history; and information on other disability claims, if applicable.


  • You will be required to submit extensive documentation to the SSA, and determining which information is required for your claim can be a difficult process. An attorney can help ensure your claim satisfies the SSA’s requirements, which can help expedite the application process. He or she can also assist in gathering documents that you are unable to access on your own.


  • Communication: An attorney can keep track of the status of your claim, alert you to any requests for new information, and speak with Social Security Administration (SSA) representatives on your behalf to answer questions that may arise regarding your application. At DOUD SMITH WAGNER, we understand that many applicants work and care for their families and may not have the time needed to deal with the SSA as it reviews their claim.


  • Finalizing a Claim: If your disability claim is approved, your attorney will review the SSA’s calculations to determine if any vital information was missed or if any errors were made. He or she will also address any questions you may have concerning your new benefits.

Personal Injury Lawyer

DOUD SMITH WAGNER, with PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR WORKERS' COMP AND SOCIAL SECURITY in FLINT, SAGINAW, LANSING, and all over Michigan, has been battling and beating the insurance bullies for over 50 years. So we're experts when it comes to answering an important question,  how much your personal injury case is worth? The value of your case depends on a few key factors: the circumstances of your accident, the severity of your injuries, and limits on insurance coverage, among other things. The primary driver behind the case value is how much the plaintiff could get in the damages, including:

  • Past medical bills;

  • Future medical bills;

  • Lost wages;

  • Loss of earning capacity;

  • Loss of consortium; and

  • Pain and suffering

Some of those considerations might not have a clearly articulated value at first. However, based on DOUD SMITH WAGNER's past experience, they could offer an estimated case value after assessing your medical records, police records, statements, and other evidence, such as the progression or regression of your physical and mental state after an accident. The whole picture can provide a window into what to expect from a personal injury lawsuit.

Your lawyer and the lawyer’s legal team are at the front lines of your fight to get the compensation you deserve in a personal injury suit.


First, they will assess your case to best determine how to fight for you. They will:

  • Gauge the depth and breadth of your injuries and the negligent circumstances involved;

  • Investigate the scene of the accident;

  • Question witnesses;

  • Request documentation;

  • Work with medical experts;

  • Review documents, photos, and videos; and

  • Work with experts who can reconstruct the scene of the accident


That’s not all, though. They will use all of that information to go head-to-head with the defendant’s attorneys to get you the best compensation possible. Oftentimes this happens in a settlement meeting, but if the big corporation or insurance company won’t budge, our attorneys are trained, experienced, and ready to go to court. (Whether in a settlement or at court, we’ve been able to win compensation many times over the defense’s initial low-ball offers.)

If you’re injured in an accident and want to file a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll probably have two big questions: (1) How much is my case worth? (2) How much does a lawyer cost?


The short answers are (1) it depends on your injury; and (2) with a contingency-fee lawyer, there’s no fee unless we win for you. But that’s just the start. 

  • Why File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

  • How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

  • Compensation (Damages) in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

  • Types of Personal Injury Cases

  • What Your Lawyer Does in a Lawsuit

  • Your Role in a Lawsuit

  • Steps in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

  • What Is a Personal Injury Settlement

  • How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

  • Statutes of Limitations for Cases

Personal injury lawsuits serve a crucial role. When you suffer an injury that someone else caused, you could be left with massive medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses that shouldn’t be your responsibility.


The change to your life could range from an inconvenience to something you’re not sure you could crawl out from. Either way, that’s why personal injury lawsuits exist: You, the plaintiff, can hold the negligent person or business accountable and get the compensation you deserve and need.

DOUD SMITH WAGNER, with PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR WORKERS' COMP AND SOCIAL SECURITY in FLINT, SAGINAW, LANSING is Michigan's #1 Personal Injury Lawyer for  Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability. With over 50 years of successful experience, DOUD SMITH WAGNER wins, meaning we don't charge you a penny UNTIL we win.  

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