What Does PIP Cover In Florida?
If you are the insured on your policy, then PIP pays for your injuries whether you are a driver or passenger of your own car, or anyone else’s. Relatives who live with you can qualify for benefits under your PIP, as well as others who are injured while driving or riding in your insured car with your permission. If your relative or friend has their own PIP policy because they own a car in Florida, then their own insurance company pays for their injuries, even if they are driving or riding in your car.
Some drivers are not required to have PIP for themselves or passengers in specific vehicles. These vehicles include:
- School buses (injured children are protected by their parents’ coverage)
- Motorcycles and other vehicles with less than four wheels
- Vehicles that aren’t self-propelled, such as mobile homes or inoperable vehicles
The Financial Limitations of PIP
Personal injury protection is required in the state of Florida. There is a minimum amount of coverage you are required to carry:
- $10,000 in PIP
- $10,000 in property damage liability (if the car accident caused property damage)
Every time you are in a serious car accident your auto insurance will cover you up to your limit of $10,000 or more for:
- Medical treatments
- Car repairs
- Any other damages, such as lost wages and funeral expenses if a death occurs
As the year goes on, you may find yourself in another auto accident. This would certainly seem confusing, but your PIP coverage will essentially restart. You will get another $10,000 worth of coverage for that car accident because it is a completely new and separate claim. When you purchase car insurance coverage, it is important to consider the overwhelming medical bills and lost wages that can occur as a result of a catastrophic auto accident.
There are certain limitations to PIP that you should also be aware of:
- If a medical expert determines an injury is a “non-emergency” than your PIP coverage for medical expenses is limited to $2,500
- Certain treatment options are excluded from coverage, including acupuncture and massage therapy
- After you make your decision, Berge law, P.A. will work to pursue all benefits available under your PIP policy
The Issues With Multiple Cases
The are some problems with getting into multiple car accidents in one year. For example, if you have a car accident that is particularly serious, your doctor may go through your PIP benefits and still have the need to use your health insurance. If you have another car accident in the same year, it could adversely affect the first car accident. One reason is that you may need some of the benefits from the first car accident for the second car accident.
Your personal injuries from the first car accident may also have simply been made worse by the second. It may be difficult for doctors to determine where the injuries originally came from. For these reasons, it is important to collaborate with your doctors and auto accident attorney immediately following another car accident. Some of the nuances that may come with multiple claims may be easily taken care of when they are notified as soon as possible.
What Benefits Can I Get From PIP?
If you are hurt in a car accident, even if it was your fault, you will probably need medical attention. Personal injury protection pays up to 80% of your medical expenses if you use qualified treatment. This includes medically necessary:
- Medical, surgical, X-ray, dental, or rehabilitative services
- Prosthetic devices
- Neck braces
You have 35 days to submit documentation and bills regarding your medical treatment to your health insurance company and you have 14 days to seek medical treatment following an accident. The insurance company can avoid paying for your injuries if these deadlines are not met. If the car accident results in the insured driver’s death, then their estate is entitled to $5,000 in death benefits.
Do I Need An Attorney To Get PIP Benefits?
Personal injury protection is supposed to protect you from the unexpected medical bills and stress of lost wages after an accident. But if your insurance company is disputing your claim or not paying the full benefits you are entitled to, then you need an insurance attorney on your side.
For more information on Personal Injury Protection Coverage In Florida, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (727) 645-6683 today.
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