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Orlando Personal Injury Attorney Warns Floridians About Auto Accident Fraud

Florida law enforcement agencies are working with government agencies and consumer advocate groups to raise awareness about a serious and growing problem in our state. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham would like his readers to know that Florida drivers are paying up to $100 more each year for insurance coverage due to criminal groups that stage auto accidents to defraud insurance companies. That number is expected to increase in the coming months and years.

“Floridians are getting ripped off by the cost of auto insurance fraud and the evidence is piling up right along with the bills,” said one official. “We must act quickly to enact reforms to help stop these losses and keep Floridians’ hard-earned dollars in their pockets where they belong.”

At the root of the issue is a Florida law designed to help people and reduce small court claims. Under the law, Florida drivers must purchase at least $10,000 in personal injury protection, also known as PIP insurance. Under the current no-fault law, auto insurers are required to pay 80 percent of PIP claims no matter who is deemed to be at fault for the auto accident that led to the claim. The intent of the law was to ensure that drivers had coverage and to reduce the need for small claims litigation in Florida courts. Critics now claim that the PIP law has enabled criminals who stage fake auto accidents to collect money to essentially turn this type of coverage into a source of income for fraud.

In a typical staged-crash scam, a ring of criminals will stage an auto accident and direct fake passengers to dishonest healthcare providers who conduct unnecessary tests until the “injured” passengers’ $10,000 in coverage is spent. This forces insurers to pay for unneeded treatment and costs Floridians money through higher insurance premiums, higher healthcare costs and wasted manpower investigating fake accidents. Effectively, these criminals are stealing from drivers who obey the law and carry at least the minimum required amount of insurance coverage. It also makes it harder for people injured in auto accidents who have legitimate claims to collect on their coverage.

It also makes it more difficult for Orlando personal injury attorneys such as James O. Cunningham to help injured clients get the fair and just compensation they deserve. If you have been injured in an auto accident and your insurance company is denying a claim, you need aggressive, experienced legal representation to help you through this trying time. Call Orlando auto accident attorney James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Put his experience and expertise to work helping you and your family.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373