|By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press|
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"Any attempt to change the current law without having independent third party financial information is reckless and would result in damage to
Patterson is in a unique position to know. He was critically injured in a car crash on
A no-fault reform bill was introduced last year and got out of committee, but never was voted on by the full
While the accident heightened his awareness of insurance issues, it wasn't the spark for his letter, said Deputy Oakland County Executive
"He and his driver's care costs are charged to workers comp, but it is fate that he would find himself in this position," Poisson said. "Our position is there is too much unknown and too much secrecy here to make such a big policy change."
Patterson will prove to be a powerful ally to groups looking to slow, stop, or at least modify the no-fault reform momentum.
"We think he's the voice of reason," said
He's also the voice of experience, Appel said.
"Anytime somebody experiences these circumstances, you learn really quickly what it means to deal with this. These are life-changing circumstances that are extremely expensive."
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