Penalty for Overdue No-Fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Benefits
Lawyer Commentary on No-Fault Statute: MCL 500.3142
PIP benefits payable as loss accrues; payment due; overdue benefits; interest penalty
No-Fault personal injury protection or PIP benefits must be paid by a car accident victim’s auto insurance company as the cost of those benefits accrue.
No-Fault PIP benefits are deemed to be “overdue” if the auto insurance company has not paid them “within 30 days after an insurer receives reasonable proof of the fact and of the amount of loss sustained” in connection with the claimed benefits.
If the claimed No-Fault benefits pertain to a victim’s accident-related medical expenses, then the bill for any claimed medical care or treatment must be provided to the auto insurance company within 90 days of the care or treatment having been rendered. Failure to comply with the 90-day deadline gives the auto insurance company an extra 60 days (on top of the original 30 days) to pay before the unpaid No-Fault benefits are deemed “overdue.”
Penalty interest “at the rate of 12% per annum” is applied to “overdue” No-Fault benefits such that the penalty interest rate grows at a rate of 1 percent per month until the insurance company pays the overdue and outstanding No-Fault benefits to the claimant.
The purpose of penalty interest is to punish an insurance company for not paying No-Fault PIP benefits after they have received proof of a claim.
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