The no-fault provision of the law provides for benefits from your own insurance company to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
It’s often termed your “personal injury protection portion” of your insurance policy. There’s a statute on the books that talks about what they’re supposed to pay, “they” being your insurance companies. They pay your medical expenses, irrespective of who’s at fault. They pay at a specific rate, usually 80%, up to $10,000. You might not get $10,000, depending on how seriously you’re injured. There’s a provision in the statute that says if you have an emergency medical condition, then you can have coverage up to $10,000. If you do not have an emergency medical condition, your coverage could be capped at $2,500.
You might have elected a deductible on your PIP insurance, and you might have purchased something that expands your coverage, like medical payments coverage. But the rule of thumb is, you can have somewhere between $2,500 and $10,000 (maybe more) of coverage for medical expenses and other expenses (lost wages, out -of-pocket expenses…) as a result of a car accident, if you are injured and if you’ve got a claim that you’re prepared to present to your insurance company.
You might not get $10,000, depending on how seriously you’re injured.
That claim must be presented, at least the first care received, within 14 days of your accident. If you do not get care within 14 days of your accident, then you don’t get any coverage. Even if you pay for it for a decade! You don’t get any coverage under your PIP portion of your policy, unless that needed medical care is first received within 14 days of your accident.
– Ryan Munns is an experienced personal injury attorney and Partner with Bogin, Munns & Munns, a full service law firm with offices in Orlando, Clermont, Kissimmee, Orange City, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Melbourne, Gainesville, and Leesburg. Mr. Munns works out of the Orlando office and welcomes questions and comments regarding the above. He can be reached at [email protected].
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