Your medical bills will generally be reimbursed by one or more insurance companies. However, the state’s “no-fault” liability laws and disputes over who caused the accident will often generate disagreements over which insurance carrier is responsible. For assistance and legal representation to get your medical bills paid, call the law offices of Kogan & DiSalvo in Boca Raton to consult with a motorcycle accident attorney about your insurance claims for reimbursement.
The insurance companies responsible for paying your medical bills have incentives to delay or reduce the reimbursements they owe to you. When you retain our services, we will level the playing field with our dedicated attorneys. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Florida’s “no-fault” laws require motorists to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, but that requirement does not extend to motorcycle riders. Nonetheless, people over 21 who want to ride without wearing a helmet must carry at least $10,000 in health insurance coverage. It typically reimburses the rider’s medical bills following an accident, subject to the limits of the coverage.
In serious motorcycle crashes, the rider’s medical bills are likely to be substantially greater than the limits of medical insurance they carry. Because of this, most injured riders will need to file a negligence lawsuit against the at-fault motorist who caused the accident.
The insurance company that covers the at-fault motorist will likely argue that the rider bears some responsibility for their negligence while on the bike. Under Florida’s pure comparative negligence rule, the rider’s right to recover reimbursements from the at-fault driver’s insurance company will be reduced in proportion to the rider’s share of the blame.
If, for example, the rider incurs $100,000 in medical bills but is deemed 50% responsible for the accident, then they will be able to recover only $50,000 from the negligent driver. However, their motorcycle accident lawyer will use all of the facts and evidence of the accident to assign as much fault to the driver and to recover reimbursement for the maximum amount of the injured rider’s medical costs.
A rider’s medical bills from a motorcycle accident include all costs and expenses associated with treating injuries and assisting in their full recovery. The more common costs and expenses include:
An insurer that wants to resolve a motorcycle accident case quickly might make an early settlement offer that excludes consideration of ongoing medical bills. The injured rider should consult with a lawyer before signing any releases or acknowledgments that all medical costs and expenses have been paid. Once a release is signed with an insurer, the rider will be foreclosed from seeking further recovery.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo understand the challenges of a rider’s recovery from injuries following an accident. However, getting the reimbursement you deserve to pay medical bills and expenses should not add to those challenges.
Call our Boca Raton offices or any of our satellite locations in Southern Florida to schedule a free consultation. An attorney can fight to get your medical bills paid and recover damages for all of your losses and injuries after a negligent motorist has caused your accident. When you need a full-service law firm that takes cases on a contingency basis, you can depend on our team.