Florida PIP Law Firm Files Lawsuits Against Three South Florida Hospitals For Allegedly Overcharging Vulnerable Accident Victims

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Two Boca Raton Attorneys, Daniel Sagiv and Abraham Ovadia, filed suit against three South Florida hospitals for allegedly charging patients exorbitant fees. The complaints were filed in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, and allege that the three hospitals, JFK Medical Center Limited Partnership D/B/A JFK Medical Center, North Shore Medical Center, Inc., and North Broward Hospital District D/B/A Broward General Medical Center, significantly overcharged the plaintiffs for emergency services following their respective automobile accidents.

Two Boca Raton Attorneys, Daniel Sagiv and Abraham Ovadia, filed suit against three South Florida hospitals for allegedly charging patients exorbitant fees. The complaints were filed in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, and allege that the three hospitals, JFK Medical Center Limited Partnership D/B/A JFK Medical Center, North Shore Medical Center, Inc., and North Broward Hospital District D/B/A Broward General Medical Center, significantly overcharged the plaintiffs for emergency services following their respective automobile accidents. Although some of the plaintiffs’ services were covered by PIP insurance, the injured plaintiffs were left with thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills. Each case is detailed below.

1. Patient E.V. v. JFK Medical Center Limited Partnership D/B/A JFK Medical Center, Case Number 2015CA006113, Palm Beach County Circuit Court. According to court documents, the patient was charged $23,859.00 for his hospital visit which exhausted his PIP benefits. The complaint alleges violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, breach of the implied covenants of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, and Defendant's purposeful overcharging of Plaintiff in order to systematically exhaust PIP benefits.

2. Patient A.C. v. North Shore Medical Center, Inc., Case Number 2015-012069-CA-01, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court: The complaint alleges that the patient was charged $25,151.81 for his hospital visit which exhausted his PIP benefits. Court documents also allege violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, breach of the implied covenants of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, and Defendant's purposeful overcharging of Plaintiff in order to systematically exhaust PIP benefits.

3. Patient J.S.E. v. North Broward Hospital District D/B/A Broward General Medical Center, Case Number CONO-15-001859, Broward County Court: The complaint alleges violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, breach of the implied covenants of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, unreasonable charges, and denial of access to courts in contravention of the Florida Constitution. According to the complaint, the patient had received a $25,000.00 settlement for his bodily injury claim, but, because of a $13,157.00 lien by Defendant on the proceeds of the settlement, the patient remains unable to pay the remaining $17,544.00 in other medical bills. The lawsuit alleges that Medicare would have reduced the $13,157.00 bill to less than $2,000.00.

The Plaintiffs in each case allege that health insurers, Medicare, Medicaid, and Worker’s Compensation would typically pay 10-30 % of the amounts charged for the exact same services.

Florida PIP Law Firm, P.A. is a PIP and Personal Injury Law Firm with offices in Boca Raton, Florida, and Southfield, Michigan. The firm represents policyholders and personal injury clients throughout Florida and Michigan.

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