Michigan No-Fault: Understanding Survivor’s Benefits

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David Christensen  
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In a fatal car accident, the motorist isn’t able to receive no-fault benefits directly, but that doesn’t mean those benefits are lost. Instead, they go to the person’s dependents.

In a fatal auto accident case, the person who died is called the “decedent” or the “deceased.” Were this person still alive he or she would be entitled to no-fault benefits, but because he or she has died, someone else must file the claim and bring the lawsuit on his or her behalf. The resulting no-fault benefits are paid to the deceased’s dependents.

What are Survivors’ Benefits?

Dependents of a deceased no-fault insurance policy holder are entitled to many of the same benefits as if the person survived. But some benefits are calculated differently.

Funeral and Burial Expenses. In addition to medical expenses resulting from an auto accident, dependents can recover reasonable burial and funeral expenses.

Lost Income. A survivor’s income loss is broader than wage loss and includes fringe benefits, like health insurance that the decedent’s employment would have provided, plus lost wages, salary, and other income.

Replacement Services. Dependents are entitled to up to $20 per day to pay for lawn care, child care, and other household services that the deceased could have performed, but now need to be hired out.

The survivors’ benefits are capped at a rate that increases each year. It is currently just over $5,300. The no-fault auto accident attorneys at Christensen Law can help you and your family calculate, document, and prove what benefits your are entitled to after a fatal car accident.

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Christensen Law 
David Christensen  
25925 Telegraph Rd #200  
Southfield, MI 48033 
(248) 213-4900 
inquiry@davidchristensenlaw.com 
https://www.davidchristensenlaw.com 
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