For the first time since lawmakers re-wrote Florida’s no-fault law
in 2012, there has been a drop in questionable no-fault automobile claims.
The National Crime Insurance Bureau report reviewed claims from 2010 to
2013 and found that the number of “questionable” claims fell
by 7.66% from 2012 to 2013.
Before the no-fault law was rewritten, there were a number of claims for
faked or exaggerated injuries, medical provider fraud, and billing for
services not rendered. These fake and fraudulent claims made insurance
rates soar and made it more difficult for legitimately injured
auto accident victims to receive the help they needed.
One of the main reasons for this decrease was that the original law actually
promoted fraudulent “staging” of accidents, while the new
law doesn’t. The new 2012 law tackled PIP fraud by enacting tougher
penalties, such as jail sentences and fees, for those who were found guilty
of fraudulent acts like staging accidents. This directly led to a 53.93%
reduction in the number of staged accident claims between 2012 and 2013.
Because Florida was such a hotbed for fraudulent activity in the past,
injured auto accident victims often have an uphill battle to fight when
filing claims or pursuing lawsuits. Insurance companies are often skeptical of
accident injuries—especially those that occur in low-impact accidents. As such, there
has never been a more important time to hire a Broward County car accident attorney.
Your Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer will need to investigate your
accident closely to establish who is ultimately to blame for your accident.
When insurance companies are involved, your attorney will also need to
establish proof of your injuries and fight aggressively to ensure that
you receive the compensation you truly need after a crash.
If you were injured in a Florida car accident, it pays to have an experienced
attorney on your side.
Call our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys for a free consultation.