Rise in Insurance Fraud Cases Illustrates Importance of Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney
Despite changes to Florida’s personal-injury-protection (PIP) laws enacted by legislators last year, law enforcement officials across the state are still seeing record numbers of staged auto accidents to defraud insurance companies. A recent high-profile case involving an Orlando chiropractic and wellness center that recruited “drivers” to enlist people to stage car accidents exemplifies the importance of hiring an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney to represent you if you’re injured in an auto accident.
The most recent case of insurance fraud involved a man who worked for Orlando’s Metro Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Police say that an employee of the center meticulously planned staged auto accidents and then found people to help him execute the plans in order to bill insurers for unnecessary medical treatments or for treatments that were never provided. As most of you know, Florida law requires insurance companies to pay up to $10,000 for medical treatment regardless of who is responsible for causing an accident. The wellness center and other unethical businesses fraudulently bill insurers in an attempt to get as much of that $10,000 as possible.
While it may be difficult for some to sympathize with insurance companies, it’s important to note that they are not the only victims of insurance fraud. These schemes cost Florida drivers millions of dollars each year through higher insurance premiums. Making matters worse, insurance fraud makes it even more difficult for injured people to receive the insurance coverage they have paid for, as insurers are understandably cautious about paying claims.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident, it is a very good idea to speak with an experienced Orlando auto accident lawyer such as James O. Cunningham. He has more than 36 years of experience dealing with insurers and helping clients receive the fair and just compensation they deserve. While you and your family focus on healing and recovery, he will negotiate with your insurance company, as well as the at-fault driver’s insurer and use his skills and experience to expedite the payment process. He will also aggressively represent you if an insurer denies a claim. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cunningham, call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to get an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer on your side!
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.