HANDS ON CHIROPRACTIC PL A/A/O JUSTIN WICK vs GEICO GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Case No. 5D20-2705 (Fla 5th DCA 2021)
GEICO, regardless of where they do business, always has their own view of the law. Here, the provider submitted a bill less than the fee schedule. GEICO decided to pay it at 80% of the billed amount. The rule in Fla is that the floor is the lesser of the bill or 80% of 200% of the FS. Simple issue but now GEICO has a $100,000 attorney fee bill to pay on this I am sure.
“We hold that when an insurer chooses to reimburse according to scheduled rates, it must pay 80 percent of 200 percent of the statutorily adopted applicable fee schedule.1 There is nothing in the statutory scheme that permits a PIP insurer to limit reimbursements to 80 percent of the billed amount.”
The case is interesting because it construes certiori (which was granted) and then constures the new post 2021 plenary jurisdiction that the District Courts of Appeal have over County Court matter. Procedural fans will love the case; statutory textualists will ask what the heck GEICO was doing. Common sense always ask when you are looking at 6 figure attorney fee awards on a $10k policy, why fight some of these issues?