Auto No-Fault Law Blog

Quick-Thinking Eyewitness Helps Injured Pedestrian Get $1M Settlement

Quick-Thinking Eyewitness Helps Injured Pedestrian Get $1M Settlement

In November 2011, a 19-year-old pedestrian’s life was changed forever when she was hit by a pickup truck while crossing 15 Mile Road in Clinton Township. The violent impact caused her to sustain life-threatening injuries, including traumatic brain injury and spine fractures, among others. To make matters worse, the pickup-truck driver did not slow down […]

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Appellate Court: “Cousin By Marriage” Isn’t A “Relative” For PIP Benefits

Appellate Court: “Cousin By Marriage” Isn’t A “Relative” For PIP Benefits

A “cousin by marriage” relationship does not satisfy the definition of “relative” in the No-Fault Act, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In Lewis v Farmers Ins Exchange, an April 19 published decision, the injured person asserted that she resided with, and was a “cousin by marriage” to, Tamekiah Gordon, who had an auto […]

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“Settlement Allocation” Helps Insurers Avoid Paying Medical Bills In Full

“Settlement Allocation” Helps Insurers Avoid Paying Medical Bills In Full

When medical providers treat persons injured in auto accidents, they often seek payment for their services from the appropriate no-fault insurer. But lately, some insurers have been trying to limit their payments to medical providers by using a “settlement allocation” strategy. This tactic comes into play when the insurer and the injured person negotiate a settlement. […]

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Pedestrian Deaths Are Surging At An Alarming Rate

Pedestrian Deaths Are Surging At An Alarming Rate

Remember when your mother told you to be careful crossing the street? This advice rings true now more than ever, in light of a new federal report that says pedestrian deaths are increasing nationwide at a startling rate. According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration’s (GHSA) “Spotlight on Highway Safety” report, nearly 2,400 pedestrians were killed in the United States during the […]

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A Stitch in Time: Supreme Court Softens the One-Year Notice Rule in PIP Cases

A Stitch in Time: Supreme Court Softens the One-Year Notice Rule in PIP Cases

There’s nothing that rattles a lawyer’s nerves like an impending statute of limitations deadline. And there aren’t many statutes of limitations that come sooner than one year. It’s no wonder, then, that lawyers who handle no-fault cases frequently find themselves a bit jittery due to the one-year notice rule and/or the one-year back rule. Statutes […]

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