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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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FHP Hit-And-Run Initiative Highlights Importance of UM Coverage in Florida

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

FHP Hit-And-Run Initiative Highlights Importance of UM Coverage in Florida

I was pleased to read on the WESH.com website that the Florida Highway Patrol is beginning an information and outreach campaign designed to crack down on hit-and-run accidents across Florida. According to FHP, there were approximately 77,000 hit-and-run crashes in Florida last year, leading to 168 wrongful deaths and more than 17,000 injuries. I don’t know the specific statistics for Central Florida, but as an Orlando accident attorney who has been handling car accident cases for almost 20 years, it seems like we have been seeing more and more cowardly hit-and-run accidents over recent years. Hit-and-run accidents are perhaps the very best example of why it is some important for Floridians to carry as much Uninsured Motorist coverage as they can afford. Uninsured Motorist coverage is an optional coverage that Floridians can purchase as part of their automobile insurance package. Uninsured Motorist coverage behaves exactly like liability insurance – assuming the at-fault driver could be identified, and assuming he carried liability coverage. Once fault is proven, UM coverage can be used to satisfy unpaid medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering and other intangible damages. As FHP is indicating, it is more likely than ever that you will be injured by a hit-and-run driver, or by a driver who does not have sufficient, or any, liability insurance. Uninsured Motorist coverage is your best defense against being left high-and-dry by an irresponsible and negligent...

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HUGE Changes to Florida PIP Law Start Jan. 1, 2013

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Motor vehicle accidents

Many Florida drivers and passengers don’t realize that significant changes to Florida’s mandatory Personal Injury Protection (PIP) automobile insurance are set to kick in on January 1, 2013.  These changes could cost anyone injured in a Florida car accident thousands of dollars if the injured person doesn’t understand their rights under the new law. This is why we have prepared a FREE Special Report called “The Clever Client’s Guide To:  Avoiding Disaster Under The 2013 PIP Law.”   Click here to learn more and get your copy of our Special Report.   As always, if you have ANY questions following a Florida car accident call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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