Survivors Loss Benefits in Michigan

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“Are there no-fault benefits that family members can receive if the ‘breadwinner’ dies in a motor vehicle accident?”

Yes. These are called “survivors loss” benefits. Family members who relied upon the financial support (wages and other items of “tangible value”) of a loved one can apply to the insured’s no-fault policy for reimbursement for up to three years after the accident. The survivors are also eligible to claim up to $20 a day for three years for having to pay someone else to do chores that the deceased family member customarily took care of.

You should be aware that there are formulas for figuring out how much the family members are entitled to, and there is a maximum monthly amount that can be sought, in addition to the three year eligibility window. But as a basic premise, the fact is that family members may be entitled to no-fault reimbursement if they depended financially on an insured person who was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident-even if the deceased person was at fault.

Source: MCL 500.3108

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Steven J. Matz is a founding shareholder of Matz Injury Law. The firm’s concentration is on personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury. Mr. Matz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction and highest honors in 1974 from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from The George Washington University National Law Center. Mr. Matz lectures and publishes in a number of areas, including ethics, marketing, trial tactics, and head injury. Mr. Matz has served on the Michigan Association for Justice Executive Board and currently serves the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board as a Hearing Panel Chairman and Master. He is also a member of the State Bar Committee for Character and Fitness.
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