Automobile Accidents & the ER ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Automobile Accidents & the ER

Currently, in Florida, there is a bill being pushed by House Republicans. The bill would require all accident victims to seek treatment at an ER within 72 hours of an incident. That is, if they want their insurance company to foot the bill. Proponents of the bill claim that the passage of this bill would reduce medical fraud. Legislators were told that no-fault fraud has increased by an unbelievable 378 percent from four years ago. "When the system is broken with so much fraud, it's time to replace it," said Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff, Republican-Fort Lauderdale. Democrats are against this bill. They claim it will cause overcrowded emergency rooms. One case made involved Tillie Tooter,83. In August 2000, Tillie spent 78 hours trapped in her car after she had been rear- ended by a truck and forced off the road into a swamp. It would be a terrible injustice to claim that accident would not be covered by insurance under the law. Clearly both sides need to gain some flexibility and go back to the drawing board.

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