Set-Offs From Michigan No-Fault Insurance Benefits
Attorney Commentary on No-Fault Statute: MCL 500.3109
Deductions from personal protection benefits; state or federal benefits; injured person, definitions; deductible coverage provisions, personal protection benefits
This No-Fault statute requires that any insurance benefits received from the federal government be subtracted from Michigan No-Fault benefits (also called personal injury protection (PIP) benefits) that would otherwise be received.
For example, if a person receives worker’s compensation benefits for wage loss, he is not permitted to receive duplicative wage loss compensation from his own Michigan No-Fault insurer.
The purpose behind this statute is to prohibit those who are injured from receiving full compensation twice for the same injury. The intent is to prevent full duplicative payment recovery by accident victims, so it does not rule out recovery from both sources.
Therefore, a person who suffers personal injury as the result of an automobile accident while in the course of his employment, can still receive both Michigan No-Fault and workers compensation wage loss, so long as the wage loss amounts are not duplicative.
For instance, workers compensation carriers usually pay 80 percent of someone’s net income after an auto accident, and Michigan No-Fault pays 85 percent of someone’s gross income. So an injured person can receive the 80 percent of wage loss from Michigan workers compensation then claim the differential up to 85% of gross wages from his own Michigan No-Fault insurance company.
Remember, the work injury has to involve some type of motor vehicle accident (such as a car accident or truck accident) as well as be in the course of a person’s employment to qualify for both workers compensation and Michigan No-Fault.
Accidental Bodily Injury
This No-Fault statute also defines an injured person as a person suffering “accidental” bodily injury. A person will not be eligible for No-Fault insurance benefits if an auto accident was intentionally caused.
Additionally, this No-Fault statute permits insurance companies to require a deductible to be paid when purchasing an insurance policy as long as it is discounted in premium rates.
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