Should I Get Personal Injury Protection?

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Personal injury protection (PIP) is a form of car insurance that covers your medical expenses and lost wages if you or your passenger suffer injuries in an auto accident. This insurance coverage is optional in the majority of states but, in 16 states, you’re required to have a minimum PIP coverage amount. There may be an overlap between PIP insurance and your MedPay or health insurance. However, there are cases where it’s advisable to have both policies.

What is personal injury protection coverage?

Also referred to as “no-fault insurance,” personal injury protection covers the medical and rehabilitative expenses for you and your passengers when an auto accident occurs. The cover also extends to cases in which you’re a passenger or if you’re hit with a vehicle while you’re a cyclist a pedestrian.

PIP is not the same as bodily injury liability insurance. PIP covers your costs whereas liability insurance covers the medical bills of other drivers and passengers in other vehicles in cases where a car accident is your fault.

This insurance may offer partially identical coverage to your Medical Payments policy or health insurance. But PIP exclusively auto accident injuries that are in some cases excluded from health insurance policies. Moreover, PIP covers numerous additional bills that MedPay doesn’t cover.

What does personal injury protection cover?

PIP insurance offers coverage for primary medical expenses and expenses reasonably related to rehabilitation you require following an accident. These expenses vary from one state to another and may include:

  • Hospitalization
  • Operations
  • Lost wages
  • Ongoing professional care
  • Accidental death benefits and funeral costs
  • Some home care expenses

Should I get personal injury protection?

If you live in a state where PIP insurance is mandatory, you’re required to file a claim under the PIP policy before resorting to health insurance. However, even if PIP isn’t compulsory in your state, the insurance cover provides numerous benefits that aren’t available with health insurance, such as coverage for funeral costs and lost wages.

Michigan, New Jersey and a few other states include provisions that ensure your PIP policy operates in conjunction with your health insurance.

How do you file a personal injury protection claim?

As with other types of insurance, the first step is filing a claim either through the phone or online. For claims that are ongoing and not urgent, you’ll be required to pre-approve or review your treatment. You have to work with with the healthcare provider chosen by your insurer or with an outsourced medical claims processor for this.

Furthermore, your car insurance company can approve partial reimbursements or select a medical provider to examine you. The amount of coverage in your policy varies with your state and insurance plan.

Make sure you follow the process and timeline required by your auto insurance provider. If you don’t provide the “Attending Provider Treatment Plan” and the documentation required, it may result in co-payment of up to 50 percent whether or not the medical procedure is necessary or reasonably required.

Do I need PIP if I have health insurance?

If you have a health insurance policy that covers injuries from accidents or disasters then a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy may not be necessary. This is particularly true when your health insurance is through an employer or another organization who may have negotiated reduced rates for medical coverage.

Even if you are covered by health insurance, there are several reasons why getting PIP can be a good idea after an accident. First of all, most personal injury lawyers will not take on cases that do not include PIP. As they say in the vernacular: It’s “just too much paperwork.” And second, even if you and your attorney get the case through the PIP roadblock, there are still benefits to having your own policy.

How much PIP coverage should I get?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The amount of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage you need depends on a variety of factors, including your state’s laws and the type of insurance policy you have.

However, most experts recommend getting at least $50,000 in PIP coverage. This will protect you in the event of a serious accident. If you live in a no-fault state, you may need even more coverage to ensure that your medical expenses are fully covered.

If you’re not sure how much PIP coverage you need, talk to an insurance agent or broker. They can help you find the right policy for your needs.

How does personal insurance work with other car insurance policies?

Let’s say another driver injures you and your car insurance policy includes PIP. You’re typically required to exhaust the PIP coverage before you can access other insurance options. What if if the medical expenses exceed the limits of your policy? You can file a claim under the liability insurance of the other driver.

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