The Michigan no-fault insurance company must pay for vehicle modifications to a car or van for accident victims who require specialized transportation after a serious auto accident. Special transportation benefits are payments for specially equipped vans or vehicles needed to take you to and from your medical appointments. This is often required for people in wheelchairs or those who require other medical equipment.
Vehicle Modification Benefit Payments
You are entitled to these special transportation benefits as long as you need the special transportation to get to and from your medical appointments to be treated for the injuries that you suffered in the accident. The insurance company must pay the reasonable cost for modifications, which can include a wheelchair lift. If you can still drive but need specialized equipment to operate the vehicle, the insurer must also pay for those modifications.
Under recent Michigan case law, the insurance company is no longer required to purchase the van itself. Rather, it is only required to make modifications to the van to make it handicapped accessible for you.
Submitting Your Special Transportation Benefit Claim
You Michigan special transportation benefit claim must be submitted to the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim. To file your special transportation claim, you need to submit the invoice or bill from the vehicle modification company and a prescription from your doctor or occupational therapist. This will justify that this is a necessary transportation expense.
What To Do If Your Vehicle Modification Claim is Denied
If your insurance company refuses to pay your special transportation benefits, your only recourse is to file a lawsuit. You must file a lawsuit within one year of the date the vehicle modification expense was incurred. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this one year period, you will lose the right to have the benefit or expense paid.
Contact a Michigan Vehicle Modification Lawyer
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