Yes, possibly. Florida law entitles an insured to punitive damages, if the insurance company engages in unfair claims settlement practices with such a frequency to indicate general business practices that are willful, wanton, and reckless to the right’s of the insured. (F.S. §627.736)(2010). In this situation, punitive damages are intended to punish the insurance company for misconduct toward their insured.
As an experienced Florida accident attorney, I’ve negotiated with many insurance companies. Sometimes, an insurance company denies reimbursement for legitimate medical bills or lost wage claims under the PIP (Personal Injury Protection) statute. If this happens, it can be extremely frustrating for the insured, and it’s a good time to seek advice from a personal injury attorney, who is skilled in insurance negotiation.
My advice: when dealing with an insurance company ‘playing hard ball’ after an accident, consult an attorney ‘early and often’ to protect your rights and to hold the insurance company accountable.
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