Family members are entitled to be paid for attendant care services provided to an auto accident injury victim after a Michigan car accident. Many family members do not know they are entitled to be paid for these services and quite often the insurance adjusters do not tell them that they can submit attendant care service claims. The fact is that a family member can both provide and be paid for these services.
Attendant care services are a major type of benefit available under the Michigan no-fault insurance laws for those seriously injured in an automobile 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.
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. 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. In cases involving severe injuries, like a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, 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.
Our No-Fault insurance lawyers frequently file lawsuits to compel the insurance company to pay the higher, more appropriate rate to the family member, 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 it is important that you contact us immediately.