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Florida's No-Fault Faux Fix?

When the 2012 Florida legislative session began, there was hopeful optimism that tort reform, or at least PIP reform, would finally gain some traction to rein in rampant fraud in the Sunshine State.  

It took until the final hours of the session, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott got the legislation he sought to reform the mandatory motor vehicle no-fault law and crack down on the abuses in personal injury protection (PIP) cases that have led to skyrocketing increases for coverage.

Follow-up services and care requires a referral from a physician, osteopath, chiropractor, or dentist. Massage therapists and acupuncture was eliminated from eligibility for PIP benefits, which only eliminates a fraction of the systemic abuse.  

A Rude Awakening?

This legislative session was an opportune time for the Legislature to enact meaningful tort form, including capping attorney fees and damages. There could have also been careful deliberation to abolishing no-fault, as was done in Colorado, or making the coverage optional, as was done in Pennsylvania.

Roads Not Taken

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