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Personal Injury Law Blog

By Joe Parrish on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:22 AM
I was very hopeful that our legislature would pass a law that cracked down on fraud in our current No-fault insurance system and in particular the Personal Injury Protection coverage (PIP).  Instead, what we got was politics as usual, where politicians listened to the lobbyists of the insurance industry as opposed to tending to the needs of Floridians.  

The House approved HB 119 largely along party lines, 80-34, but the Senate passed the measure at 9:20 p.m. on the last day of the legislative session with a close vote of 22-17.  Senate President Mike Haridopolos collected some IOUs to get the measure passed.  “I was focused on getting PIP passed and delivering those votes to the governor,” Haridopolos said. “When I had to call in a couple of favors today on a tough vote that will lower the cost on auto insurance, some people on the fence said, ‘you know what Mike, I’m going to give you this vote.”’  

Afterward, Governor Scott appeared...
By Joe Parrish on Thursday, June 02, 2011 3:00 PM

Recently, Tampa arrested several individuals associated with insurance fraud.  The alleged fraud stems from medical clinics abusing Florida’s “No Fault” insurance laws in order to make a profit by orchestrating staged auto accidents and/or billing for treatment that was not performed on the patient.  With regards to clinics billing for treatment never performed, the insurance industry has cracked down on this type of fraud by interviewing those that received treatment, under oath, to determine what treatment the patient received at the clinic and cross-referencing the testimony with the actual medical bills submitted by the clinic as part of a claim.