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Michigan Coronavirus Whistleblower Lawyer

What is a Whistleblower?

A whistleblower is an individual who reports potential dangers to public health, safety and the common good to a “public body.” A public body is defined, in part, as a state or local official, regulatory agency, law enforcement, or a member of the judiciary.  While whistleblowers often report on issues such as fraud, pollution and corruption that impact a group of people, a person can also file a whistleblower claim against an employer for a wrong against themselves, such as forcing a non-essential worker to continue their employment during a pandemic like COVID-19. If you are unsure of where or how to report a violation of law, code, or regulation, we encourage you to contact our office. 

Our whistleblower protection lawyers are on standby ready to provide the advice you need to protect yourselves and the general public.

COVID-19 and Governor Whitmer’s
Executive Orders

Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID  19) went into effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 am. This executive order held in Paragraph 4 that “[n]o person or entity shall operate a business or conduct operations that require workers to leave their homes or places of residence except to the extent that those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum business operations.”

Workers necessary to sustain or protect life are defined as “critical infrastructure workers,” which include: health care, law enforcement, energy, water, transportation, logistics, public works, IT, communications, news, community based government organizations, critical manufacturing, hazardous materials, financial services, chemical companies, and defense industry companies.

Workers necessary to conduct minimum business operations are those whose presence is “strictly necessary to allow the business or operation to maintain the value of inventory and equipment, care for animals, ensure security, process transactions (including payroll and employee benefits), or facilitate the ability of other workers to work remotely.”

It is important to note that either category – necessary to sustain/protect life OR necessary to conduct minimum business operations – may be designated by an employer and required to attend work in person, subject to the other terms and conditions of this order. However, employees that are not necessary to sustain life or conduct minimum business operations should not be required to attend work in person.

Also, the Executive Order 2021-17 places temporary restrictions on non-essential medical procedures. Effective March 21, 2020, this order in part restricts the performance of joint replacement, cosmetic surgery, bariatric surgery, and dental surgery procedures except  for; trauma, emergency, health/safety/welfare risks of the patient. Medical procedures related to advanced cardiovascular diseases, oncology, and pregnancy are allowed. Dental procedures are also allowed for pain and infection.

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Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act

“Whistleblowing” is protected under the Michigan Whistleblower’s Protection Act Law, MCL 15.361. The act is complex.  You should always contact an attorney for legal advice if you suspect that you have been the subject of unlawful actions taken against you for exercising your whistleblower rights!

Generally, the law prohibits employers from terminating whistleblowers or taking adverse actions against them, such as decreasing pay or scheduled hours. MCL 15.362 defines a whistleblower as an employee who “reports or is about to report, verbally or in writing, a violation or suspected violation of law or regulation or rule promulgated pursuant to the law of this state, a political subdivision of this state, or the United States to a public body.” This section further excludes reports that the employee knows to be false and includes participation into any formal investigations, inquiries, or hearings held by any public body.

A “public body” is defined by MCL 15.361. This term includes the judiciary and its members; law enforcement; bodies created or funded by local or state authority; state agencies, boards, and commissions; state officers and members of the state executive branch; and county/city/township governing bodies.

Please note for the purpose of statutes of limitation, that any lawsuit must be filed within ninety (90) days of the alleged violation of the act. MCL 15.363. Therefore, you should not delay in contacting an attorney; failure to file in 90 days may forever bar your claim.

As Governor Whitmer’s executive orders are promulgated pursuant to the law of this state and carry criminal penalties for violation, a report or threat to report violations of these executive orders to a public body may be protected by the Whistleblower’s Act. You should always contact an attorney to discuss whether you meet the requirements of this statute and whether you have a viable case.

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Reporting Agencies; Potential Claims

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced that the Office of the Attorney General is working with local law enforcement to enforce Governor Whitmer’s executive orders. The Attorney General’s office has asked residents to call local law enforcement on non-emergency phone lines to file reports. However, you should not call 911 for these types of calls.

If you have been required to attend work and are not “necessary to sustain or protect life or conduct minimum business operations,” you may wish to consider filing a report with your local police agency for the city where you work. Likewise, if you work for a medical facility that is forcing you to perform medical procedures in violation of the executive orders, you may wish to report this to local law enforcement.

If you have filed a report or threatened to file a report and had your pay cut, had your hours docked, have been fired, or have suffered other adverse employment conditions, you should contact our office for a free consultation regarding your rights.

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Police Shooting

Officers were called to the home of a man suspected of an overdose. The man refused medical care. Officers at the scene became verbally aggressive in their commands, prompting the man to physically resist their attempts to transport him to a hospital. The officers allege that the man threw a karate style kick and began to choke one of the officers while the other fired his weapon at the man in defense of his fellow officer. As a result, the man suffered a gun-shot wound to the abdomen and nerve damage in his leg. The defense offered $5,000.00 prior to trial. Jury Verdict:

 $495,000

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Sexual Harassment

At a national restaurant chain, a female kitchen staff employee was a victim of sexual harassment. This harassment ultimately forced her to quit her job when the employer failed to take the necessary measures to stop this harassment. The verdict was:

 $100,000

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Jail Death

Death & Negligence should never be used in the same sentence when it comes to talking about our criminal justice system. In this case, failure to properly house a mentally ill inmate, resulted in inmate on inmate assault ultimately leading to an inmate death. The settlement was:

 $600,000

 

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Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer FAQ

What is a personal injury?

Personal injury, as opposed to an injury to property, is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind, or emotions. Such injuries can stem from a number of accidents, including the following:

• Auto Accidents
• Construction Site Accidents
• Dog Bites / Animal Attacks
• Medical Malpractice
• Motorcycle Accidents
• Railroad / FELA Claims
• Slip/Trip and Fall
• Snowmobile Accidents
• Truck Accidents
• Wrongful Death

Our lawyers at Moss & Colella practice in all of the areas listed above in order to help clients to the best of our ability.

What benefits can I receive after an injury?

In the state of Michigan, the law states that if an individual’s negligence causes you or a loved one harm then they may be responsible for injury-related expenses.

Compensation for lost wages, past/current/future medical bills, reimbursement for travel to medical facilities, etc. may be obtainable – depending on the extent of damages.

Do I need to speak with an attorney if I am involved in an accident?

Speaking to an attorney is absolutely urged; especially since a free consultation is typically provided, meaning that there is no cost in discussing your case. Lawyers are professionals who have an in-depth understanding of the complicated laws and will protect you from being taken advantage of when fighting for rightful compensation. Additionally, legal representation provides a more thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances of the incident and are aware of time limitations. These limitations are vital in any case, as one missed deadline can result in a total loss for recovering anything.

Any accident can bring major stress and concern. By working with an attorney, individuals are not only in a stronger position for their case, but they do not have to go through this stressful time alone. A Personal Injury Lawyer will do whatever they can to assist.

Do I still have the right to receive insurance benefits if I am injured in a car accident but was responsible for the accident?

Yes – Michigan is a “no-fault” auto-insurance state. This means that even if you were at fault for causing the accident, you will receive insurance benefits.

Can I file a claim against the driver who caused the collision even though I have a "no-fault" insurance policy?

Yes – Michigan law allows the injured party to file a claim (referred to as a third-party lawsuit) against the negligent driver. Under Michigan law, the injured party is entitled to bring a third-party lawsuit for non-economic damages where the injured person has suffered serious impairment of body function, permanent disfigurement, and/or death.

However, every legal case is different – so discussing your individual options with a lawyer is important.

How much time following an auto accident do I have to pursue a claim against the at-fault driver?

A claim typically must be filed within three years after the accident. However, there are exceptions and variations to this rule. Speak with a lawyer at Moss & Colella for more information.

Why should you work with a Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer at Moss & Colella?

The lawyers here at Moss & Colella are highly skilled trial attorneys with a passion for serving clients. By forming and growing a strong trial team and having decades of experience, together, we have the ability to find creative, effective and efficient solutions to even the most complex cases. We also understand that every case is unique and should be handled as such.

Additionally, Moss & Colella has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements and continue to do what it takes to obtain the compensation individuals rightfully deserve. Contact us today for more information.

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