July 24, 2014
Attorney Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law was featured as a legal expert in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek story about an underhanded shot Allstate insurance is taking at all people in motorized wheelchairs: In a Macomb County case, Allstate is denying benefits to a paralyzed elderly man who was hit by a car as he was legally crossing the street in his motorized wheelchair – because he did not have auto insurance for his wheelchair.
Allstate is taking the position that the man’s wheelchair is a “motor vehicle” and therefore should be insured just like any other car or truck, despite the fact that insurance companies (including Allstate) offer no such coverage.
Gursten told Bloomberg reporter David Armstrong that this case could impact many of the estimated 300,000 elderly and disabled people across the country who depend on motorized scooters and powered wheelchairs to get around:
“If they pull this off in Michigan, you will start to see this all over the country. For every person dependent on a motorized scooter or wheelchair for transportation, God help them if they get hit by a car,” Gursten said.
You can read the full story in Bloomberg Businessweek here: Insurers Claim Granny Scooters Must Be Covered – Just Like Cars
July 23, 2014