At Katz and Katz, P.A. we handle numerous types of cases. We want our clients to consider us their family attorneys and counselors. So we encourage our clients to reach out to us with their legal questions. We believe the maintaining an open line of communication between attorney and client is essential to obtaining the best possible results for your case. Our attorneys and staff speak Spanish, French and Creole. Our ultimate goal is to protect the interests of our clients, and we are always available to respond to the needs of our clients.
Accidents happen. Unfortunately, sometimes people are injured or die as a result of those accidents. Our legal system is set up to compensate the victims of accidents caused due to the negligence of another. This compensation is intended to make the person "whole" by paying the person back for lost wages, loss of earning capacity and pain and suffering damages.
Making a claim for personal injury damages can be a confusing and daunting task. We are here to guide you through the process and provide you with sound legal advice based on the facts of your case. Call or email us for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss the facts of your case and see how we can help you.
Regardless of whether you call us you should be aware that there are steps that must be followed in order to PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. First, you need to be aware that Florida is a No-Fault state. This means that in the State of Florida, the first $10,000 in medical bills, lost wages and replacement services are paid by your own PIP insurer. However, recent changes to the No-Fault laws have had a very significant effect on Floridians and many are unaware. Although you pay for $10,000 in PIP insurance coverage you must meet certain requirements in order to protect your right to the full $10,000 in PIP coverage.
You must timely notify your PIP insurer of the fact you were in an accident. Then, you must treat for injuries related to that accident within fourteen days of the accident. If you do not treat within fourteen days of the accident you may lose your right to PIP benefits. Even if you do treat within fourteen days of your accident your PIP insurer may try to limit your insurance benefits to $2,500 unless a qualified doctor determines that you suffered from an "Emergency Medical Condition" (EMC). An EMC is not what it sounds like. You do not have to be laying in a pool of blood or be catastrophically hurt in order to have an EMC.
Not all doctors know about EMC laws. When choosing a doctor you should find out if the doctor handles accident cases. If she does, then likely she will know about EMC laws. But, you should ask anyway. It is your insurance benefits that are on the line. Therfore, you should stay as informed as possible. You are likely covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance.
Federal lawsuit filed against Marco police claiming excessive force during arrest, Naples News, October 2010