Michigan Car Accident Law - Replacement Services

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Michigan Car Accident Law – What Are Replacement Services?

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When a person is injured in a car accident, he or she is entitled to a number of different benefits as a result of the injuries sustained. These benefits are called no-fault benefits, and can include the payment of lost wages, the payment of hospital bills, doctor’s bills, the payment of out-of-pockets costs and transportation expenses.

Another important benefit is something called replacement services. But what exactly are replacement services? Replacement services are the services that the injured person could do before the accident, but can no longer do as a result of the injuries suffered in the car accident.

Replacement services typically are the household chores that friends or family members must do on behalf of an injured car accident victim. For example, if an individual did the laundry and dishes before a car accident, but can no longer accomplish those tasks, the person doing those chores after the accident is entitled to get paid for this work.

This benefit, which is found under MCL 500.3107(1)(c) of the Michigan No-Fault Law, is available to the injured person for up to 3 years following the accident. In addition, the car insurance company must pay up to $20.00 per day for the provided services.

To receive compensation, the chore provider and claimant must provide documentation to the car insurance company demonstrating what chores were done each day.

The chore provider can do this by simply writing down the chores done on a given day on a loose-leaf piece of paper. However, monthly calendars, which break down the chores provided each day, are typically utilized.

Once this paperwork is turned in, the car insurance company has 30 days to pay the services. If payment is not made within 30 days, penalty interest can accrue. Providing a doctor’s note that authorizes the need for replacement services because of the car accident is usually also required to obtain replacement service payment.

Please contact the Lee Steinberg Law Firm, P.C. at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) if you have any questions about household replacement services or the Michigan No-Fault Law in general. The phone call is free and there is no fee unless we win your case.