This post has been borrowed, with permission, from the Michigan Auto Law Blog by Steven M. Gursten
As a no-fault insurance lawyer in Michigan, I constantly see victims of car accidents and truck accidents have their legitimate no-fault claims denied and delayed, forcing them to hire a lawyer for claims that should have been paid immediately. Behind every wrongfully delayed or denied claim is a family whose lives have been turned upside down, because an insurance company refused to do what it promised.
To make matters worse, Michigan is one of only four states that doesn’t protect its consumers from wrongful denial of no-fault insurance benefits. The insurance lawyers of Michigan Auto Law and the Michigan Association for Justice are asking that you join us in holding Michigan insurance companies accountable by signing this petition.
The petition will show you support a package of Michigan house bills that would nix insurance practices that deny coverage and create consequences for “bad faith” behavior by insurance corporations.
The bills include laws that would:
* Strengthen consumer protections by punishing insurance companies that illegitimately deny consumer claims with penalties, including a $1 million fine.
* Punish corporate leaders who knowingly create, foster or encourage wrongful denial of claims by making the misconduct a felony that could result in four years in prison plus a $50,000 fine.
* Create a whistle-blower protection plan to shield employees who report that an insurance company is engaging in wrongful denial of claims.
Please consider signing this petition to protect your rights in case of an auto accident in Michigan.
Steven M. Gursten,a friend and colleague of mine, is head of Michigan Auto Law, which specializes in insurance benefits and car accidents throughout Michigan. Steve has served on the executive board of the Michigan Association for Justice, where he co-chairs the Automobile Accident No-Fault Committee.
Lawsuit Financial strongly supports legislation in Michigan that will protect its consumers from a wrongful denial of insurance benefits. This is important legislation and if you are a Michigan resident, I urge you to sign this petition; then, notify your state legislators and ask for their support. Thank you!