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Insurance Lobbyists & Their Attempt To Deprive Injured Victims Of Fair Compensation

The Florida Bar News reports that there is a bill moving quickly through the Florida House of Representatives which will allow juries to determine the amount of medical bills awarded as compensatory damages in personal injury suits. HB 1199 by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Groveland, is opposed by both the Florida Justice Association and the Florida Medical Association. Both groups would prefer for the law to stay the same, which has the judge determine the related medical bills, not juries. The bill requires that jurors be told the actual amount paid in medical bills for an injured plaintiff when they determine compensatory damages. In cases where the health-care provider has provided care under a letter of protection (a letter from your attorney assuring payment upon settlement or final judgment), jurors would be told what that doctor or facility would be paid for the care under Medicare or private health insurance company. The bill also would require a doctor or health facility, who has sold the letter of protection to another party, to disclose to the jury the amount that was paid for the letter of protection.

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