‘Rally for Vlady’ pushes for changes to no-fault auto insurance law

Dozens of people gathered at the Spirit of Detroit Plaza on Thursday to continue the push for changes to the 2019 law overhauling Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance policies.

A “Rally for Vlady: Lighting the Lamp for 18,000 Auto No-Fault Survivors” comes as families of crash victims await a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that could stop reform’s more controversial provisions.

They and organizers such as the Brain Injury Association of Michigan argue the update has been unfairly and retroactively applied to accident survivors injured before the law took effect, including former Detroit Red Wing player Vladimir “Vlady” Konstantinov, who requires constant care after a limousine crash less than a week after winning the Stanley Cup in June 1997. Konstantinov appeared at the event.

Dozens attend a rally for changes to the no-fault automobile insurance law at the Spirit of Detroit Plaza in Detroit on Thursday.

He and at least 18,000 others have faced reduced services because of the reform limiting the time relatives can be reimbursed for care and a cut to the fees medical providers can charge insurance companies related to treating an injured motorist.

“These survivors are essentially being robbed,” Thomas Constand, president and CEO, for the nonprofit Brain Injury Association of Michigan, told the crowd. “They deserve what they already paid for. And it’s time for the government to protect the contractual rights of its citizens, not diminishing them.”

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