Insurance lawyers handling Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claims will find this article about Florida PIP claims to be interesting. While Florida laws are different than Texas PIP laws, they are not much different. Texas PIP laws are found in the Texas Insurance Code statutes beginning with 1952.151. And don’t forget that the Prompt Pay Statutes apply to PIP. This article from the Claims Journal is an article written to and for Florida insurers handling PIP claims and is insightful. The title of the article is, 10 Commandments for Insurers Responding to Florida PIP Demand Letters.
Under Florida law, a party seeking reimbursement of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits must formally demand payment by the insurer before filing a lawsuit. Specifically, Florida Statute 627.736(10), in conjunction with other parts of the No Fault Law, outlines the procedures applicable to the submission and response to a demand letter. With that said, there are a myriad of factors to consider before preparing this response. Here are 10 commandments to guide you:
1. Read the demand letter carefully, including the attachments. You must figure out specifically what the demand letter is seeking. Not all demands are equal and an insufficient review of the plaintiff attorney’s demand could result in the insurer waiving certain defenses in its response.