Six Tips for Making Sure You Get Paid Medical Benefits After an Auto Accident
One of the most important (and costly) benefits in your no fault Michigan auto policy is Personal Injury Protection (PIP). The medical benefits can either coordinate with your medical insurance policy which would mean the auto insurance pays secondary or not coordinate which would mean the auto insurance pays primary. Either way, PIP benefits may cover your medical expenses, medical mileage, in-home care services, wage loss, and replacement services for things like chores and childcare.
1. Submit application as soon as you can
Submit the no-fault application for benefits for from your insurer as soon as you can. The form comes with a release that will grant the auto insurance company access to your medical records and the means to pay your medical bills.
2. Be as detailed as possible when disclosing your injuries
Do not leave any injuries out, even if you feel they are minor and will not require treatment. Injuries can often get worse over time, so even if it’s not bad now, it could be in the future. It will be difficult to get the coverage you deserve for anything that is not listed in the initial application.
3. Submit all medical expenses as they happen
You only have one year for the auto insurance company to pay bills. This is a very short window of time and it must be monitored. Make sure you keep a copy and submit a copy of all invoices. You will also want to track any related mileage which you should be reimbursed for.
4. Get help for household chores
You can receive up to $20 a day for chores and services you would normally be responsible for at your home. This can include daily chores like dishes and laundry or childcare services. You only need a letter from your doctor confirming your need for replacement services.
5. Attendant Care Benefits
If your doctor thinks that you need nursing-type services, your care provider is entitled to be reimbursed by the insurance company. Have the care provider keep track of their time and complete attendant care logs.
6. Wage loss
You are entitled to receive 85% of any lost wages as a result of your injuries from an auto accident. You can begin receiving your wage loss benefits by submitting a note from your doctor that shows you are unable to work. You will then be required to fill out additional forms, and submit paystubs or W2s to verify you income.
At Giffels Law Office in Kalamazoo, our primary focus is representing people who have been injured in automobile accidents. As a former insurance claims adjuster, I know exactly what needs to be done in order to get all of the benefits that you are warranted. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident and need an auto accident attorney, give me a call today.