Florida House panel hears PIP talk, action will have to wait

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From Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida: In what is likely the opening of a multi-act play that may not conclude until at least next year, a House panel on Wednesday heard a litany of horrors from insurance regulators, law enforcement and state officials over the costs of staged automobile accidents, fake medical treatment and fraudulent claims.

For three hours, the House Banking and Insurance Subcommittee were deluged with facts and figures showing Florida dubiously near the top in the nation when it comes to the frequency and severity of fraudulent personal injury claims brought on by a small but highly organized networks of doctors, attorneys, chiropractors, massage therapists and citizens willing to file trumped up claims in exchange for cash.

The average Florida driver pays $50 a year per vehicle to pay for fraudulent claims under the state

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