The Florida Chamber of Commerce today urges legislative leaders to eliminate from current law a ?ontingency fee multiplier?that has allowed personal injury lawyers to increase their legal fees by 250 percent in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) auto insurance disputes. The courageous effort by Florida Senate Budget Chairman J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, and House Appropriations Chairwoman Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, is strongly endorsed by Florida voters, who overwhelmingly support caps on legal fees in PIP cases, according to a new statewide poll issued by the Florida Chamber. The poll, conducted April 19-23 by Public Strategies Inc., surveyed 800 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. In the poll, voters were asked: ?ould you say that you favor or oppose limiting attorney fees in personal injury protection lawsuits to $10,000 ?the maximum amount that insured drivers or passengers can receive in PIP medical benefits?? Fifty-seven percent of voters responded to the question that they supported fee caps; 37 percent opposed them. Additionally,
- 69 percent of voters said they believed that even if attorneys?fees are limited, there will always be attorneys willing to take on personal injury cases;
- 60 percent said they believed that legal reform is essential to making auto insurance more affordable in Florida; and
- 59 percent said they believed that attorney fees paid out by insurers in PIP cases are then built back into the PIP rates that consumers pay, costing consumers more money.