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ngd-And so the abandonment begins…
Michigan’s new auto insurance law is overturning the lives of many auto accident survivors and their families, week by week, as long-term care providers that used to support them close.
Take the case of one of Christine Call’s clients. She’s a case manager for auto accident survivors. One of her clients is a quadriplegic with a traumatic brain injury.
He is unable to transfer himself in and out of bed or in and out of his wheelchair. He can’t get a drink of water for himself. He can’t get himself anything to eat. And he has no family, so he is completely dependent on his caregivers – paid for by his auto insurance company – to survive.
But recent changes to the law allow auto insurance companies to cut payments to caregivers by 45%, which forced the company that provided full-time care for the man out of business.
Call was unable to find any other caregiving company that still accepts auto insurance payments. So she had no choice but to drive him to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo and leave him there.
Now, he is lying in a hospital bed, while she frantically tries to find a company that can provide adequate care so he can go home.
This man may not be the first auto accident survivor to seek care at a hospital to save his life, and he certainly won’t be the last. Call says she has other clients who have lost care and are in desperate situations. Other case managers say the same.
When Call reaches out to insurance companies – Nationwide, Progressive, AAA Michigan – she gets no help. Adjusters tell her, “Hire an attorney to help you understand the new law.” “It’s not our job to help you help our customers replace their caregivers.”
The new law also cuts Call’s income by 45%. But she says she’s not quitting her job when when it means abandoning helpless and vulnerable people.