Anyone who has been involved in a vehicular accident, regardless of fault, can avail of No-Fault Benefits which would include compensation for wage lost, medical expenses and a replacement vehicle. It is also termed as Personal Injury Protection Benefit or PIP. Certain states like Minnesota have enacted laws requiring vehicle owners to have no-fault coverage as part of their automobile insurance coverage.
Moreover, Minnesota also encourages vehicle owners to have at least a minimum no-fault policy which will disburse $20,000 for an individual’s medical coverage and another $20,000 to cover other losses.
As a rule of thumb, in cases of vehicular accidents, it is imperative that you get in touch with your automobile insurance agent to report the accident. Your agent will furnish you an application for no-fault benefits if you sustain injuries. These benefits may include wage loss, medical expenses, mileage and replacement services and other economic damages.
www.nvo.com presents below conditions for a claimant to be qualified:
Medical expenses of $4,000 or more.
Some or all of the injuries are permanent.
A permanent scar and/or disfigurement.
The injury results in disability for 60 days or more.
Death. If the victim dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, the family has a wrongful death claim.
Medical expenses that will be covered by No Fault are those medical expenses that are reasonable and necessary are covered. Often, this definition may exclude experimental treatments or holistic treatments. Minnesota Statutes § 65B.44 specifically includes as necessary the following:
omedical, surgical, x-ray, optical, dental, chiropractic, and rehabilitative services, including prosthetic devices
oambulance and all other transportation expenses incurred in traveling to receive other covered medical expense benefits;
osign interpreting and language translation services, other than such services provided by a family member of the patient, related to the receipt of medical, surgical, x-ray, optical, dental, chiropractic, hospital, extended care, nursing, and rehabilitative services; and
ohospital, extended care, and nursing services. (Hospital room and board benefits may be limited, except for intensive care facilities, to the regular daily semiprivate room rates customarily charged by the institution in which the recipient of benefits is confined.)
oBenefits also include necessary remedial treatment and services recognized and permitted under the laws of this state for an injured person who relies upon spiritual means through prayer alone for healing in accordance with that person’s religious beliefs. * Medical expense loss includes medical expenses accrued prior to the death of a person notwithstanding the fact that benefits are paid or payable to the decedent’s survivors.
Before any wage loss claim will be paid by your insurer, you must provide:
A doctor’s disability slip (permission to miss work) must be presented to your No-fault insurance adjuster in order for you to receive wage loss benefits, AND
Proof of wage loss from your employer on a form available from your insurance adjuster.
2.Mileage claims under No Fault?