Rally for Vladi insists on changes in the law on car insurance without fault

Dozens of people gathered at the Spirit of Detroit Plaza on Thursday to continue pushing for changes to the 2019 law to review Michigan’s auto insurance policies without guilt.

“Rally for Vladi: Turning the Lamp on 18,000 Guilty Survivors” comes as the families of crash victims await a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals that could halt the more controversial provisions of the reform.

They and organizers such as the Michigan Brain Injury Association say the update was unfair and retrospective to survivors of an accident injured before the law went into effect, including former Detroit Red Wing player Vladimir “Vladi” Konstantinov, who needs from constant worries after a limousine crash less than a week after winning the Stanley Cup in June 1997. Konstantinov appeared at the event.

He and at least 18,000 others are facing reduced services due to the reform, which limits relatives’ time to be reimbursed for care and reduced fees that medical providers may charge insurance companies related to the treatment of an injured driver.

“These survivors have essentially been robbed,” Thomas Constant, president and CEO of the Michigan Non-Profit Brain Injury Association, told the audience. “They deserve what they have already paid for. And it is time for the government to protect the contractual rights of its citizens, not to reduce them.”

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