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It has been well documented in the news and social media that the 2019 changes to the Michigan No-Fault Law have had many devastating consequences for persons seriously injured in vehicle crashes.  A very real example of this is a case we are handling for a pedestrian that was mowed over by 2 vehicles that fled the scene of the accident.  As a result, our client suffered fractures to both hips, ribs and collarbone.  He lacerated his liver, sustained a penile injury and had bleeding on the brain.  He spent 1-1/2 months in the hospital, underwent multiple surgeries and requires round-the-clock care to assist him with activities of daily living.

Prior to enactment of the 2019 No-Fault Law, our client would have had unlimited lifetime benefits for what are referred to as, “allowable expenses.”  These include things like medical expenses, home or vehicle modifications and attendant care.  “Attendant care” basically refers to home nursing assistance to help an injured person with activities of daily living he or she can no longer do for themselves.  This includes things like assisting with bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming, administering medication, helping get in and out of a chair or bed, etc.

Under the new law, allowable expenses are capped for our client at only $250,000.  While that may seem like a lot, it is really only a drop in the bucket for seriously injured victims of vehicle crashes.  In our client’s case, the full $250,000 was used up on the first day of his hospitalization, leaving nothing left to pay for the additional medical treatment he requires or the attendant care providers he will need the rest of his life.  As a result, the taxpayers (through Medicaid) now have to foot the bill for the care our client needs rather than the insurance companies that continue to rake in record profits in the State of Michigan.

 

Nearly 300,000 rollover accidents are reported yearly, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Understanding why rollovers may be more likely in some situations and how you can decrease the risk may help you keep your family and loved ones safe. If you have suffered personal injuries in such an accident, your Detroit personal injury lawyer can fight on your behalf.

Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer – Understanding Why Rollovers Occur

Rollovers are directly correlated with the stability of the vehicle you are riding in. Whether the center of gravity is off because the vehicle is too high, the load heavier than normal or if weather conditions decrease the safety of the roads, rollovers can happen in the blink of an eye. Most rollover accidents occur when a vehicle swerves into a curb, pothole or other type of shoulder obstacle.

 LANSING — The Michigan House Insurance Committee approved legislation today that would fundamentally destroy the Michigan auto no-fault system as we know it.  In response to the committee’s action, Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) president John Cornack issued the following statement:

            “The actions by the house insurance committee today were completely and utterly irresponsible. It is irresponsible to approve legislation that would shift millions of dollars onto already over burdened taxpayers. It is irresponsible to approve legislation that kills thousands of good-paying jobs. It is irresponsible to approve legislation that circumvents voters’ constitutional rights. It is irresponsible to approve legislation based on unverifiable data controlled by a single interest group. And finally, it is irresponsible to approve legislation that destroys the best auto insurance system in the country,” said Cornack.

Cornack notes that Gov. Snyder has stated early on that his administration would be committed to making transparent, data-driven decisions. “If the governor wants to stay true to his commitment to support policies based on facts, then I would hope this legislation would be rejected outright until the data being presented by the insurance industry and MCCA can be verified by the media and independent sources,” said Cornack. Currently, the MCCA is not subject to FOIA requests or the open meetings act.

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