Florida legislators are considering measures that would repeal Florida’s No Fault Benefits, also referred to as Personal Injury Protection. Under the current law, Florida drivers are required to carry up to a total of $10,0000 in coverage. The benefits pays an insured’s medical bills and expenses regardless of fault. Currently, the PIP covers up to 80% up to $10,0000 of medical bills and hospital related expenses and up to 60% of wage loss. Once the 10,0000 has been exhausted, accident victims must find other sources such as making a claim against the at fault party. Of course, that assumes the driver of the other vehicle also has coverage for bodily injury. In Florida, unlike many other states, bodily injury coverage is not legally required. Just recently, Florida’s PIP laws were changed. Prior to January 1, 2013, there were not as many limitations on personal injury benefits such as who can claim them and under what circumstances. Now, the PIP laws require that injury victims seek medical attention within 14 days of an accident to receive maximum benefits. Other changes to the law require the diagnosis by a medical doctor that an accident victim sustained an “emergency medical condition”, among others. The new laws also placed limitations on the types of medical providers that could get paid under PIP. The law now excludes massage therapists and acupuncture all together. The changes, of course were the direct result of insurance companies claiming that the system was being taken advantage of by medical providers and others in car accidents. Attorney referral services and other marketing companies that advertise for car accidents have also been under scrutiny by the Florida Bar. The “savings” argument was that the changes in Florida PIP laws would allow for future lower insurance premiums for all, and that savings would then be passed on to Florida consumers drivers. Of course, that logic and reasoning is now being questioned. In the midst of the new “Affordable Healthcare Act” ready to take effect, law makers are beginning to wonder if personal injury protection benefits will be necessary. Most states, require motor vehicle operators to carry bodily injury insurance. If PIP is repealed in Florida, Florida law would likely require all vehicle owners to carry bodily injury protection as well. Miami, Florida injury attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz, PA believe changes to existing Florida No Fault Laws are a good thing. Since bodily injury coverage is not required in Florida, many accident victims are left with little legal recourse if there is no insurance coverage available. The latest news is that the Florida Senate is considering a bill and other law makers are considering other legislation to address the issue. The bill that is in the works, would repeal Florida’s No Fault Benefits. It appears that it may have a chance of being passed by both the house and senate as it appears it has gained much public attention and support.
For now though, drivers that are seriously injured in an accident will have to continue to wait and see what Florida law makers decide. If you were injured in a car accident, motorcycle crash, or sustained serious bodily injury, the Miami Car Accident Lawyers of Gerson & Schwartz, PA are available to assist you. Contact us for a free consultation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org