Score one for the insurance companies for those of you who are keeping track of the recent proposals making their way through the Florida legislature.
Innocent victims involved in car accidents in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and elsewhere in the state have been made out to be the bad guys, according to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee passed the two bills to create new restrictions for policyholders.
Car accident lawyers in St. Lucie know what a hardship accident victims go through in order to recuperate any medical costs and property damage incurred when they aren’t at fault. Reforming the law to benefit insurers will just make it even more difficult for those who are desperate to get damages covered because they can’t otherwise afford it.
The Sun Sentinel reports that the bills propose the following:
SB 1930 proposes to extend the allotted time insurers have to pay claims to 90 days And insurers would be allowed to offer a discount to policyholders if they use the insurance companies’ preferred doctors instead of their own.
SB 1964 proposes to cap attorney fees that represent injured motorists filing a claim. Motorists are the ones who ultimately pay the price. The reformed bills certainly won’t lower insurance premiums so it will be a classic case of the good guy finishes last.
Do yourself a favor. Get involved by contacting your state representative so you have a voice in this. Urging state officials to fight for you rather than the big businesses is the first step in covering your personal well-being because you never know when you will be a victim of a South Florida car accident.
If you have a claim, or have questions about an injury sustained in a car accident in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Margate or Fort Lauderdale, contact the legal team at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez. Call for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights at 1-800-529-2368.