Home modifications are an important benefit available to accident victims under the Michigan No-Fault laws. Accident victims who suffer serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian accident may be unable to comfortably live in their current home or apartment after leaving the hospital or rehabilitation center because of limitations related to their injuries. Michigan home modifications and accommodations benefits are payments for the remodeling of the residence to make the living situation more accessible and comfortable for the injured person.
The insurance company is required to pay to remodel the residence. Things such as handicapped ramps, additional rooms, wider doorways, and accessible bathrooms and showers may need to be installed. Typically, an occupational therapist will evaluate the needs of the injured person, assess the residence, and make recommendations for modifications. The insurance adjuster can recommend a contractor for the remodeling job or the insured can choose their own contractor and the company must pay the reasonable cost of the modifications.
If the injured person cannot return to the same residence after the accident, the insurance company must pay the cost of the new housing as well as modifications to the housing. In some instances, the insurer is required to purchase and modify a new home. If the injury victim relocates to a new apartment, the company must modify the unit to make it accessible.
Michigan Home Modification & Accommodation Payments
There is no limit on the amount of money that the no-fault insurance company must pay. The dollar amount paid for these services depends on the type of disability and the special needs of the injured person. Typically, an architect or contractor works alongside the medical provider and occupational therapist to design the most appropriate changes for the home.
Submitting Your Michigan Home Modifications Claim
Your home modifications claim must be submitted to the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim. To file your claim, you need a prescription from your doctor or an occupational therapist for these modifications and a reasonable plan for the remodeling. Additionally, you may need to enter into a contract with a construction company for the remodeling before you submit your claim.
Time Limit for Your Michigan Home Modifications Claim
You should submit your home modifications claim after it has been determined by a doctor or occupational therapist that changes to your current residence are necessary for your rehabilitation and recovery. Patients with spinal cord injuries and other conditions that require the use of a wheelchair almost always qualify for these benefits. You should submit your claim once you have entered into an agreement with a contractor. Although not required, some insurance companies will pay for the remodeling during the project and make payments until it is completed.
What To Do If Your Home Modifications Claim is Denied
If your insurance company refuses to pay your home modifications benefits, your only recourse is to file a lawsuit against your insurance company. You must file the lawsuit within one year of the date the expense was incurred or you will not be able to collect that benefit. The insurance company will ask the judge to dismiss your claim.
Contact a Michigan Home Modifications Claim Lawyer
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