After a car accident, it is understandable to want to know if health insurance covers car accident injuries for your medical bills. While health insurance may cover car accident injuries, the extent to which it does will depend on your specific policy and the coverage available with your Florida car insurance. Before filing with your health insurance, it is highly advisable to consult with a Tampa car accident injury attorney to help you determine the best way to claim your injuries.

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Florida’s Auto Insurance Laws

Florida auto insurance laws mandate that all drivers must have a minimum amount of liability coverage. The required minimums are $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 in property damage liability coverage. Additionally, Florida is a no-fault state regarding car accidents, meaning that each driver’s insurance pays for their own medical bills regardless of who was at fault.

In Florida, drivers may optionally purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to protect themselves in the event they are involved in an accident with a driver who does not have insurance or enough insurance to cover their damages. Additionally, they can consider getting MedPay coverage, which pays for medical-related expenses after a car accident.

Health Insurance Will Pay for Car Accident Injuries Above Policy Limits

Suppose you are injured in a car accident, and your auto insurance coverage is insufficient to cover all your medical expenses. In that case, there are other options to seek additional compensation. If your car insurance does not cover all the costs or has reached its policy limits, you may still be able to seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s liability insurance.

Once you have exhausted the limits between your car insurance and the at-fault driver’s, then you can use your health insurance to pay for car accident injuries. In Florida, it is always best to file medical claims through car insurance policies first since there are no deductibles on medical payments.

Health Insurance vs. Car Insurance: Who Pays?

Car insurance will typically pay first for your medical expenses up to its policy limits and according to its coverage terms. Once your auto insurance coverage has been exhausted or does not cover all costs related to the accident, filing claims with your health insurance may become necessary to cover additional medical expenses. However, you should consult with a personal injury attorney if someone else was at fault for the accident, as you might be able to claim against their insurance as well.

Health Insurance Claims After an Accident

Should you need to file a health insurance claim for injuries after an accident in Tampa, there are specific steps as follows:

  • Collect all relevant information, including medical bills, receipts, diagnosis reports, and any other documentation related to your treatment. You should also have statements showing how much your car insurance paid for your medical bills.
  • Notify your health insurance provider about the car accident and ask if you should have your healthcare provider submit the claim or if you need to file the claim yourself
  • If you have to fill out the claim forms, verify they are filled out correctly and accurately to avoid denials and disputes. Remember to include any supporting documentation needed, like the invoice from your healthcare provider that shows the outstanding balance and medical diagnostic codes.
  • If your health insurance provider denies coverage for any reason, you can appeal the decision by providing additional documentation or seeking assistance from your healthcare provider’s billing department

In case of complex situations or disputes with insurers, consider consulting with a personal injury attorney who can help navigate the claims process and protect your rights.

How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help You After a Car Accident

A car accident attorney can provide invaluable assistance in navigating the complex legal process and advocating for your rights after a car accident with the following benefits:

  • Legal expertise: A car accident attorney has specialized knowledge of personal injury law and can assess your case to determine liability, damages, and potential compensation
  • Investigation: An attorney thoroughly investigates the circumstances surrounding the accident and gathers evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records, to build a strong case on your behalf
  • Maximizes compensation: A car accident attorney helps maximize settlements, so you recover compensation from all sources, including your car insurance, the at-fault party’s car insurance, and your health insurance
  • Negotiation with insurance companies: Auto accident attorneys have experience negotiating settlements with insurance companies to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost wages, and other related expenses
  • Court representation: If necessary, an attorney will represent you in court proceedings when a settlement cannot be reached to help ensure the best possible outcome for your case
  • Peace of mind: Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side provides peace of mind during a stressful time, allowing you to focus on healing and recovering from your injuries

Call Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, if You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident

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Jack Bernstein Personal Injury Attorney

For more than 40 years, personal injury lawyer Jack G. Bernstein has protected the rights of individuals who have been injured in a variety of circumstances. Throughout his career, Bernstein has been a strategist thoroughly dedicated to the idea of protecting the rights of his clients. Mr. Bernstein is a member of the Florida State Bar Association, the Hillsborough Bar Association and the Clearwater Bar Association.

Mr. Bernstein has the experience and expertise to handle a wide range of injury cases. Among the types of plaintiffs Mr. Bernstein represents are individuals involved in car accidents caused by drunk drivers or other exhibiting negligence, medical complications resulting from carelessness caused by a physician or a medical facility, including brain injury, bicycle, motorcycle, moped and truck accidents, admiralty law and cruise ship accidents, accidental drownings, all types of wrongful death lawsuits, along with most injury, catastrophic occurrences and legal malpractice issues.

Our firm handles every type of personal injury and accident case, using negotiation and litigation tactics effectively. We handle cases throughout Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, FL. With a staff of approximately 40 people, including six lawyers and 34 support personnel, we have the legal resources to get the justice you deserve and the maximum recovery for your losses. Schedule your free consultation today; we are always here to help.

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