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What is an ‘Emergency Medical Condition’ Under the New Florida PIP Law?

An ‘Emergency Medical Condition’ under the new Florida PIP law that became effective on January 1, 2013 is a medical condition that demonstrates itself by severe acute symptoms including severe pain that in the lack of medical assistance could result in: serious jeopardy to patient health, and or serious impairment to bodily functions, and/or serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part. What are acute symptoms of sufficient severity?  Does it mean a broken back or neck? Does it impair the individual’s range of motion? Does it limit motor skills?  Can the person walk?  The definition presented under the law is very vague. Since there is no clear definition, then it will be left to the jury to decide if the injured person’s injuries are serious enough to meet the requirement of an “emergency medical condition.” Another important aspect of this new PIP law is that the “emergency medical condition”….