On January 1, 2013, changes to Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Law came into effect. If you were injured in a car accident, you may wonder whether these changes affect the damages you are entitled to and how an Orlando auto accident lawyer can assist you in obtaining proper compensation for your injuries.
All Florida car owners are required to purchase Personal Injury Protection coverage (PIP) of $10,000. This coverage is also known as No-Fault Insurance, because it covers part of your car accident expenses, whether you were at fault in the accident or not.
Under the new law, you are required to obtain initial health services and care within 14 days following your car accident from specified health care specialists. If such a specialist diagnoses you with an emergency medical condition, medical benefits from your PIP are limited to $10,000. If an emergency medical condition is not diagnosed, your PIP payment is limited to $2,500.
In March of 2013, Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis issued a temporary injunction, stating that due to some of its recent changes, the new Florida PIP law is no longer a reasonable alternative for a regular tort system. The State of Florida appealed this decision and was granted a stay of the injunction. Therefore, as of now, the changed law remains in effect.
If you have been injured in a car crash, contact one of our Orlando auto accident attorneys today. At Payas, Payas & Payas, LLP, we stay on top of all current developments in auto accident law and our Florida lawyers will get you the compensation you deserve.