Attendant care services are a major type of benefit available under the Michigan no-fault insurance laws for those seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. Attendant care benefits, also known as “in home nursing care,” are actually a part of the medical benefits that you are entitled to receive under the No-Fault laws. These services include assistance you with toileting, showering, feeding, and medications, and even just being with you and supervising you during your recovery.
Attendant care benefits are paid to have a person attend to the personal needs of an injury victim while recovering at home from the injuries. The person can be a family member, friend, nurse or someone from a nursing agency. Quite often, these duties are split between a family member in the home and a private nursing agency who can provide some relief time to the family member for a portion of the day.
The dollar amount paid for these attendant care services depends on the level of care and supervision being provided. Ranges are typically from $12.00 per hour to $25.00 per hour. Higher rates are paid in cases involving brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other serious injuries that require the most assistance. In many cases, the rate is paid twenty-four hours a day even when the person is sleeping because it may be necessary for someone to be available in the middle of the night to assist with going to the bathroom or in the case of an emergency.
Many insurance company adjusters attempt to pay family members a lower rate for the services than if an outside person or agency provided the services. There is no basis for paying a reduced rate to a family member. Our No-Fault insurance lawyers frequently file lawsuits to compel the insurance company to pay the higher, more appropriate rate, and we are able to recover large settlements for the underpayments in the past.
If the auto insurance company has failed to pay a family member providing attendant care services or underpaid a family member at a low hourly rate, you should contact our attendant care claim lawyers immediately. We will force the insurance company to pay the proper rate and obtain all past due and underpaid benefits for the services provided in the past. There are strict time deadlines for filing Michigan No-Fault insurance claims so you contact us immediately.