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Tort Reform Comes to Florida

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On March 24, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law sweeping tort reforms in the state of Florida.  What exactly is tort reform?

Tort reform refers to changes in Florida’s civil justice system that almost always intend to limit the amount of damages that can be awarded to injured plaintiffs.  Tort reform has always been a controversial issue.  Supporters of tort reform argue that it is necessary to reduce the burden on the court system and limit the amount of money injured plaintiffs can receive in damages.

Opponents of tort reform argue that laws that limit access to justice for injured parties and reduces their ability to receive fair compensation for damages.  Opponents further argue that putting a limit on damages and other restrictions disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of society.

It has also been stated that tort reform reduces accountability for corporations, medical professionals, negligent parties and others, making it easier for these types of entities to engage in negligent behavior without consequences.

The beneficiaries of tort reform legislation in Florida are primarily insurance companies, businesses, and some healthcare providers who may see lower costs as a result of the reduced number of lawsuits and limits on damages.

Some of the major changes that occurred in Florida on March 24, 2023, are as follows:

Although there were other tort reforms legislative changes made in Florida in 2023, none of the changes enhanced or protected victims of negligence.

While supporters of tort reform argue that it will reduce the burden on the court system and lower insurance costs for businesses, individuals, and healthcare providers, opponents of the tort reform legislation contend that it will limit access to justice for injured parties and reduce the injured victims’ ability to receive fair compensation for their damages.

Ultimately, Florida laws have gone through several rounds of tort reform but the truth remains that the insurance rates in Florida, and particularly, auto insurance rates, are among the highest in the nation and have not seen any significant decline despite the passage of laws which claim to put an end to increased premiums.

If you have questions about this yucky thing called tort reform and how it effects your valuable rights, give us a call anytime at (941) 748-5599.

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