Bahri v. IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company
Michigan Court of Appeals opinion rules that a “general fraud exclusion” precludes a claim for No-Fault benefits based on mistakes in “replacement services” statements
In Bahri v. IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a “general fraud exclusion” in a Michigan auto No-Fault insurance policy allows an insurer to disqualify a car crash victim from receiving all No-Fault benefits based on mistakes — so-called “fraudulent misrepresentations” — in the victim’s “replacement services” statements.
As a result of Bahri, insurance companies – and their adjusters – have been on the hunt for any mistakes they can use to claim “fraud” in any car crash victim’s replacement services or attendant care form submissions and wage loss claims.
When they find such a “mistake,” the insurers and their lawyers cry “fraud” — trotting out Bahri as their rationale for immediately denying and/or cutting off any and all of the car accident victim’s present and future No Fault auto insurance benefits.
For more information, read our blogs on Bahri v. IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company:
- ‘Bahri’ No-Fault fraud rule doesn’t apply to non-policyholder car crash victims
- Open season on No Fault claimants after recent Bahri case
- Attention Wayne County judges: ‘Bahri’ case does not stand for what you think it does