Florida No Fault Law

by Shannan Claire Neri on Jun. 12, 2018

Accident & Injury Personal Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident 

Summary: Florida's no-fault insurance law requires nearly every driver in the state to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection. It follows drivers in their personal vehicle, a borrowed car or even a rental car, and it covers them for medical bills and lost earnings regardless of fault.

What is the No-Fault Law in Florida?
Florida's no-fault insurance law requires nearly every driver in the state to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP). It follows drivers in their personal vehicle, a borrowed car or even a rental car, and it covers them for medical bills and lost earnings regardless of fault when they're in an accident. Here's what PIP pays:
80 percent of all medical bills.
60 percent of lost earnings.
100 percent of replacement services costs.
$5,000 in death benefits.
Under Florida Statute 627.737, a person who was injured in a private motor vehicle accident that was caused by the negligence of somebody else cannot seek compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering unless that victim can overcome the state's serious injury threshold. To do so, the victim must show that his or her injuries consist of at least one of the following conditions:
Permanent injury or loss of a bodily function, other than scarring or disfigurement.
Significant scarring or disfigurement, considered permanent.
Death.
If the victim's medical bills and lost earnings resulting from the crash are in excess of $10,000, he or she has also overcome the threshold limit.
A bill is presently pending in the Florida legislature to repeal the state's no-fault insurance statute and be replaced with a fault-based system. The state's no-fault statute is limited in scope as it's only applicable to accident cases when a person's medical bills and lost earnings are less than $10,000 and no permanent injury has been suffered.
You can contact Bradenton personal injury attorney Shannan Neri of Neri Law Group at 941-677-8977 after being injured in any motor vehicle accident in or around Bradenton, FL. You'll be able to arrange for a consultation and confidential case review with her. She has years of experience helping clients like yourself have successful personal injury cases and is prepared to help yours as well. Contact our office today to discuss your case.

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