18 November 2022

Motorcycle Accidents that Involve a Motor Vehicle: Unintended Consequences of the 2019 Amendments to the Michigan No Fault Act

According to the Michigan State Police, 282,640 traffic crashes happened in Michigan in 2021 – 1068 of those accidents resulted in a fatality.  Accidents involving a motorcycle accounted for 1.1% (3,271).  But motorcycles were involved in 16% (171) of the traffic crashes that resulted in a fatality.  From a potential for injury standpoint – motorcycle […]

04 November 2022

Choose Wisely: Select Uncoordinated (Primary) Unlimited Pip Coverage

In the new world of “PIP choice,” consumers can now choose how much PIP (primarily medical coverage) to carry on their no-fault insurance policies.  Depending upon eligibility, some are choosing only $50,000; others are selecting $250,000 or $500,000; and many have wisely continued with unlimited lifetime coverage.  Still others have decided to exclude medical coverage […]

20 October 2022

ERISA Health Plan Claims Update: Claims Review Poised To Change

On September 29, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives approved passage of the Employee and Retiree Access to Justice Act, a bill that if enacted into law has significant implications for providers seeking payment of health plan claims governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, commonly known as ERISA. Currently, ERISA authorizes benefit plan […]

15 August 2022

Perfect is the Enemy of Good: Michigan Supreme Court Decision in Griffin v. Trumbull Part Two

As discussed in our last alert, the Michigan Supreme Court reinforced the principle that no-fault insurers cannot deny payment of a claim based on priority. However, the importance of a claimant’s initial investigation to locate the proper insurer cannot be overemphasized. Although a claimant’s initial investigation need not be perfect, failing to exercise due diligence […]