THE TV AD SAID I COULD GET $10,000.00 – PART 2
This is part 2, a follow up on my previous discussion concerning those television advertisements for some lawyer referral services, in which they tell viewers that they will get you $10,000.00 in injury benefits. I previously pointed out that these types of claims are deceptive and misleading, since it appears they are refering to PIP benefits. Personal Injury Protection benefits (PIP) of $10,000.00 are required under Florida law as the minimum coverage and are intended to cover 80% of medical bills after a car accident. The law in Florida requires that the medical providers bill PIP directly for medical charges related to car accidents. Personal injury lawyers do not bill PIP, the medical provider bills PIP. There are times when PIP fails to pay the medical provider, and when this happens, the medical provider can retain a lawyer to file what is known as a PIP suit. In a PIP suit, a lawyer represents the doctor or medical provider seeking payment, not the injured client. The PIP suit is intended to get the medical provider paid, and the outcome is still not going to put money in the injured persons hands. To make this more interesting, it appears that some referral services making these claims actually own medical clinics, and may refer callers to their own clinics. Wouldn't it be ironic if the $10,000.00 promised in the advertisement to injured persons, actually ended up going to a medical clinic that was owned by the referral service? For anyone considering such an offer it might be worth doing your homework on this subject.
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