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  • Can My Insurer Raise My Rates When I Make a Claim For Personal Injury Protection?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 9-Dec-2013

    By: Matthew Tievsky

    Personal Injury Protection ("PIP") is a form of insurance that automatically pays you a set amount of money for medical bills and lost wages when you are hurt in an automobile accident. You receive PIP regardless of whether you were at fault for the accident, so it is available immediately. Additionally, if someone else hurts you and you bring a lawsuit against the wrongdoer, the amount you are entitled to in court is not affected by any PIP payments you received separately. In short, PIP is win-win.

    Some of our clients express fear that making a PIP claim on their own automobile insurer will hurt them, however, in the form of raised insurance rates. Fortunately, in Maryland, this shouldn't happen, because it is illegal. Maryland Code, Insurance Article, 19-507(c) expressly holds that your insurer cannot charge you for making a PIP claim. After all, you've been paying premiums for your PIP protection; it would be unfair for your insurer to now additionally charge you for using the benefits you already purchased. PIP really is a no-lose proposition; you should always make a PIP claim after your accident, if you have PIP insurance.

    If you have any questions about your available insurance benefits, after an automobile collision, you should contact a Maryland personal injury attorney at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.

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