The new Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law that went into effect in January of 2013 has been criticized for benefiting insurance companies at the expense of injured individuals. According to the new law, the amount of money paid out to an injured individual can be affected by whether or not the injury qualifies as[ ]
The Florida legislature recently passed the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law.” This new law which goes into effect on October 1, 2013, prohibits operating a motor vehicle while typing, sending, entering or reading data including text messages, e-mails, and instant messages. The stated intention for this legislation is to prevent texting related vehicle[ ]
If you are involved in a collision and you do not own a motor vehicle, you can still be covered by PIP (personal injury protection). You may be covered under the policy of a relative you live with, or the policy of the car you were driving or riding in at the time of the[ ]
You are able to recover money for pain and suffering from an accident related personal injury if your doctor determines you have a permanent injury related to the crash. A permanent injury is not the same as a permanent disability. Permanent injury simply means you will have some component of the injury that continues to[ ]
It is in your best interest not to settle your personal injury claim with an insurance company until your doctor releases you from active care and you are placed at Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). You need to know the full extent of your injuries and the possibility of future care before you can determine whether[ ]
You may be required to attend an Independent Medical Examination (IME) under the terms of your automobile policy. In an IME, you are sent to a doctor hired by your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) carrier. The IME doctor reviews your medical records, does an examination and determines whether you still need medical treatment related to[ ]
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM) coverage covers you when you are not at fault for a crash and the other driver does not have any liability coverage or not enough to compensate you for your personal injury and/or losses. Your UM coverage “steps in the shoes” of the other driver’s insurance company and provides additional personal injury[ ]
Even minor accidents can cause major problems if you’re not careful when you report a car accident to an insurance company in Florida. Technically, if you are not at fault, you might think that you only need to notify the at-fault party’s insurance carrier, report the circumstances of the accident, submit a damage estimate, and[ ]
Your PIP – Personal Injury Protection – coverage under your own automobile insurance polity is primary in covering your medical expenses after you have been in a wreck. It does not matter whether you were at fault for the crash or not; your own personal injury insurance covers you.
You can choose your own doctor when you have been involved in a collision and sustained a personal injury. You do not need prior authorization from your automobile insurance company. Your doctor will bill your automobile insurance company directly for services rendered to you.