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No Ambulance Bill Should Remain Unpaid After An Orange County Car Accident

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

No Ambulance Bill Should Remain Unpaid After An Orange County Car Accident

I recently saw an interesting article on the WFTV.com website regarding unpaid ambulance bills here in Orange County, Florida. According to the piece there were approximately $8.5 million in unpaid ambulance bills in Orange County in 2012.  Apparently total ambulance bills in Orange County were approximately $17 million, and the ambulance service providers indicate that only 1/2 of the ambulance runs made each year in Orange County are ever paid for. As an Orlando accident attorney, I am very surprised to learn about this large number of unpaid bills. We represent hundreds of people in Orange County every year who have been injured in accidents.  One of the most frequent medical providers that our clients receive bills from after an accident are ambulance providers.  In Florida automobile accident cases, drivers are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage as part of their automobile insurance package that is designed to pay 80% of immediate accident-related expenses. When we assert a personal injury claim against a negligent party — whether it be a careless driver or oblivious landlord or the manufacturer of a dangerous product — one of the elements of our claim is always the unpaid ambulance bills.  In fact, many people do not realize that a large portion of almost every personal injury settlement generally goes toward paying off unpaid medical bills. Unfortunately, the reality for many of our clients is that they do not have health insurance.  Most of these people cannot afford to immediately pay thousands of dollars in unexpected medical expenses.  Securing a personal injury settlement from a negligent party’s bodily injury liability insurance carriers is often the only way that our client might ever have of having their medical bills completely paid and avoiding the lifelong stigma attached to filing bankruptcy. Any doubters can rest assured that our clients feel very strongly about seeing that all of their medical providers are paid, and do not want to owe any money following an accident. If you have any questions about medical bills following a Florida car accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or get a FREE copy of Kim’s book, Asleep At The Wheel – 13 Mistakes The Insurance Company Desperately Hope You Will Make After Your Florida Car Accident by clicking...

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Video May Be Key To Proving Damages In Bus Accident

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Video May Be Key To Proving Damages In Bus Accident

I recently saw a news article on the ClickOrlando.com website regarding a Lynx bus accident that I thought might be useful to share with readers. According to the article, apparently a Lynx (Central Florida Transit Authority) bus was stopped at a bus stop either picking up or letting off passengers at or near the intersection of Semoran Boulevard and Aloma Avenue.  As the bus sat stopped, it was hit by an SUV.  Apparently, at least seven people were injured and were either treated at the scene or taken by ambulance to local hospitals. Indications are that the driver of the SUV has been charged with careless driving, therefore the driver (and owner – if the driver is not the owner) could be liable to pay money damages to all seven injured people. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player As an Orlando accident attorney, I have handled several accident claims involving people injured on or around Lynx buses.  Many people may not realize that Lynx buses now come equipped with at least six different cameras that are recording everything that is going on inside, outside, and around the bus while the bus is in operation. The people injured in this particular accident with this SUV might be well-served by requesting from Lynx a copy of the bus video in order to demonstrate the mechanism of their injuries.  It is commonplace for insurance companies — like the insurance company of the SUV, here — to question the mechanism and extent of any injuries reported by claimants.  It is more difficult for an insurance company to dispute the legitimacy of an injury if they can see it on video. If you have any questions regarding a Florida motor vehicle accident, or an accident involving a bus or sport utility vehicle, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit their website at...

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