Florida HB 837 Will Block Access To Justice For Floridians

Protect your freedoms and speak up! Make sure that the decision-makers in Florida hear you – don’t allow powerful corporations to take away your rights.

Floridians are in danger of being blocked off from the justice they deserve with House Bill 837. This bill is a direct attack on citizens by creating an unfair tax that would require them to pay out-of-pocket any time a business or insurance company fails to fairly compensate victims for harm caused. With these unjust laws passed, more people will be reliant on taxpayer-funded resources and services after suffering catastrophic events – making this law all the more devastating.

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Florida HB 837 Will Block Access To Justice For Floridians

Protect your freedoms and speak up! Make sure that the decision-makers in Florida hear you – don’t allow powerful corporations to take away your rights.

Floridians are in danger of being blocked off from the justice they deserve with House Bill 837. This bill is a direct attack on citizens by creating an unfair tax that would require them to pay out-of-pocket any time a business or insurance company fails to fairly compensate victims for harm caused. With these unjust laws passed, more people will be reliant on taxpayer-funded resources and services after suffering catastrophic events – making this law all the more devastating.

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Florida HB 837 Includes Major Changes To Florida’s Civil Justice System

Abolishing the bad faith law, which has been existing since 1938, will remove all financial motivation for insurance companies to safeguard their customers and settle claims. Insurance organizations are expected to act in favor of those they insure; however, this legislation eliminates legal shields when that is not done and gives insurance firms an opportunity to boost their bottom lines while leaving their customers exposed to debts that could be multiple times greater than what they have insured themselves with.

In Florida, if an individual has experienced a personal injury and goes in front of a jury to receive compensation for their medical treatments, they are currently able to disclose the true cost. Under this proposed bill though, juries will only hear 140% of what Medicaid pays – which is very little since that service is subsidized by taxpayers and not many healthcare providers accept it as payment. If passed into law, victims would be limited in how much money they could potentially receive regardless of the extent or future needs related to their treatment because juries will hear an artificially restricted amount. If this bill is passed, doctors will not be obliged to accept the proposed rate, making it difficult for individuals seeking medical treatment in the future.

For more than a century, §627.428 has safeguarded individuals against powerful corporations with deep pockets. This legislation would rescind this regulation which defends consumers who buy auto, health, life, or other first-party insurance from companies that might postpone payment of claims or reduce the amount due to them. It keeps large businesses responsible for those they insure by forcing them to fulfill their obligations in a timely and equitable fashion.

From time to time, insurance companies will launch legal action against their own insureds in a desperate attempt to avoid paying out claims. These lawsuits are typically brought as “declaratory judgement actions”. It’s not always the case that insurers sue their customers because if they fail in court, then they must cover the customer’s incurred attorney fees. For over 127 years, this has been the law in Florida, yet a new bill threatens to render it obsolete. If passed, policyholders will be unable to acquire qualified legal counsel unless they are able and willing to cover up-front costs of as much as $250,000. Thus granting insurance companies authority while only those with wealth can afford protection against them.

In this proposed legislation, Florida would transition from a comparative fault system to one of contributory negligence. Let’s suppose a trucking business attempts to cut costs by making an exhausted driver work and he ends up crashing into you, leaving you paralyzed below the neckline. Under this bill, even if it is found in court that the trucker was 49% responsible for this crash—they owe nothing! But conversely, should the opposite occur and they are deemed 51% liable for your injuries then their debt only amounts to 51% of what was assigned by the jury. This bill will allow those proven guilty to evade all responsibility for contributing to these unfortunate incidents

By enacting this bill, protections for employees and customers at businesses are no longer guaranteed. Billion-dollar international hotel chains can save money by not investing in security measures that ensure safety for those who enter their establishments and instead simply point the finger of blame to career criminals. This action strips away any responsibility these business may have had to create a safe environment for all.

With the addition of an amendment to HB 837, Floridian citizens are facing a change in the statute of limitations on all negligence claims from four years down to two. The insurance companies which back this bill allege there’s been an excessive amount of lawsuits recently; and if passed, force those who have suffered injuries due to negligence into hurrying when filing their lawsuit before they’ve had full time for the healing process.

Videos About Florida HB 837

2/24/23 House Speaker’s Press Conference on Tort Reform

An eye-opening video, Gary Miracle – a quadruple amputee – explains the potential ramifications of House Bill 837 for persons like himself who sustain severe injuries.

Crime Victims Unite Against Florida HB 837 & 1165 “more crime law” – Press Conference – ABC Miami

Accountable Florida – Florida Voices Cut Off

Articles About Florida HB 837

MADD Press Release Statement

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) needs your help to protect the rights of victims of drunk driving and oppose HB 837 and SB 236 in Florida. MADD opposes HB 837 and SB 236 as this proposal restricts the ability for victims to seek justice from third parties following an impaired driving crash.

Click here to email your representatives using MADD’s prepopulated email system.

Contact Your State Representatives

Find your representative by clicking here – then use the following points when you email or call these legislators

Stand up for our rights and don’t let insurance companies rob us of them.

This bill is a grave deviation from our right to trial by jury, and would instead let the government decide trials with restricted medical damages.

It is unacceptable for the insurance industry and government to impose a cap of 140% of Medicaid on medical bills. This action does not provide victims with the best care they deserve following instances of negligence.

The Rights-Grabbing bill proposed in Florida would be detrimental and make the state less safe. This legislation seeks to allow hotels, apartment complexes, and daycare centers to include criminals on their verdict forms – putting all Floridians at risk of harm due to removing the incentive for these establishments to take reasonable security measures such as surveillance cameras, fences, locks or protection services.

Why do you believe the insurance companies are correct and Mothers Against Drunk Driving is misguided in their opposition to this bill?

We must stand against the insurance industry’s efforts to revoke policyholders’ rights to fees when benefits are wrongfully denied. Without any form of accountability for their wrongful actions, insurers will cut corners and underpay claims – leaving people no choice but to hire attorneys if they’re ever going to get what is rightfully theirs in the first place. Say no!

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