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A study from the Insurance Research Council (IRC) entitled, “Florida Auto Injury Insurance Claim Environment, 2007 Final Report,” concludes that the increased use of diagnostic tests and chiropractic treatment along with an increased rate of lawyer retention by claimants have helped fuel rapid growth in personal injury protection (PIP) claim costs in Florida.

The study’s results show that the average total claimed PIP economic loss, consisting primarily of medical expenses, increased 18 percent from $8,289 in 2002 to $9,769 in 2005. Average claim payments increased 24 percent, from $4,606 in 2002 to $5,712 in 2005. During the same period, the general rate of inflation was nine percent, and the rate of inflation for medical services was 13 percent.

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