At Auto Justice Attorney, we were all elated to hear the news of Tallahassee Judge Terry Lewis placing a temporary injunction on the Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) laws that went into effect January 1, 2013.
According to the temporary injunction, Judge Lewis put a stop to the requirement for an emergency medical condition to be found in order for an Orlando accident victim to receive full benefits. Prior to this injunction, a doctor had to determine that the victim of an accident had an emergency medical condition, which was vaguely defined, before the full $10,000 benefit could be claimed.
In addition, the temporary injunction stops the requirement that only certain doctors can make the determination if someone has an emergency medical condition. This means that now trained medical professionals such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, and more can help determine the extent of a person’s injuries.
Although these changes have not been finalized, the injunction is a necessary step in the right direction towards fair and just insurance policies for Florida consumers.
During the injunction, it is crucial to remember that the requirement for medical care being sought within 14 days of an accident remains in effect. Therefore, Orlando auto accident victims should still seek medical treatment as quickly as possible following a collision.
As the debate continues, the Florida legislature and law makers will continue to look at this part of the Florida PIP laws. In addition, law makers may consider eliminating the PIP laws in exchange for mandatory bodily injury coverage, something we believe would be a very positive change.
Hire an Experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer
If you have questions about your Orlando car accident, attorney Michael T. Gibson and the team at Auto Justice Attorney can help. Contact our experienced team today (888-465-1577) to learn more about how you may be impacted by these new changes.