workers' comp

Patronis: Attorney Fee Limits ‘Good Debate To Have'

Jan 19, 2018
Mercedes Marler (FLICKR)

The state Legislature should consider restricting how much insurance companies can spend on attorney fees when fighting workers’ compensation claims, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis told The News Service of Florida on Thursday.

House Eyes Workers' Compensation Fee Cap

Jan 12, 2018
Mercedes Marler (FLICKR)

Fees for attorneys who represent claimants in workers’ compensation insurance cases would be capped at $150 an hour under a bill the Florida House considered Thursday.

Legal Fees Increase In Workers' Comp System

Jan 2, 2018
Mercedes Marler (FLICKR)

Injured workers racked up nearly $186 million in approved legal fees in 2016-2017, a 36 percent increase from the previous year, a state report on the workers' compensation insurance system shows.

Workers' Comp Drops Off The Legislative Map

Oct 6, 2017
Mercedes Marler (FLICKR)

Just a year after dire predictions that the state's economy was in peril due to rising insurance costs, Florida businesses could see an average 9.3 percent reduction in workers' compensation premiums in the coming year under a rate filing Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier will consider later this month.

Workers’ Comp Rates Could Decrease In 2018

Aug 29, 2017
Mercedes Marler (FLICKR)

Florida businesses could see workers' compensation insurance premiums decrease in 2018, after a tumultuous period that included a double-digit rate hike late last year and a lobbying battle about whether to revamp workers' compensation laws.

Football Player Workers’ Comp Case Goes To Supreme Court

Aug 2, 2017
Mercedes Marler (FLICKR)

A former Arena Football League player wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a dispute about whether he should receive workers' compensation insurance benefits because of injuries suffered while trying to regain a roster spot with the Orlando Predators.

Florida’s most powerful business groups want lawmakers to go back to the drawing board after an appellate court upheld a 14.5 percent hike in workers’ compensation insurance.

Appeals Court Upholds Workers’ Comp Rate Hike

May 10, 2017
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Rejecting arguments that Florida's Sunshine Law was violated, an appeals court Tuesday upheld a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates that began to hit businesses in December.

The Legislature is leaving town without addressing a dramatic spike in workers’ compensation premiums, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran is blaming Senate Republicans.

Employer groups are threatening to bolt and trial lawyers are in open revolt as lawmakers spend the final days of the 2017 session haggling over workers’ compensation reforms.

House Targets Workers’ Comp Rates

Apr 20, 2017

Nearly a year after a Florida Supreme Court ruling rocked the state's workers' compensation insurance system, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at holding down insurance rates for businesses.

House Revamps Workers’ Comp Plan

Apr 7, 2017
Mercedes Marler (FLICKR)

With the debate focused heavily on attorney fees, a key House committee Thursday overhauled a bill that would make changes in Florida's workers' compensation insurance system.

Overhauling Workers' Comp A Heavy Lift

Apr 5, 2017

Lawmakers are trying to overhaul Florida’s beleaguered workers’ compensation system, but unions, legal experts and employer groups aren’t happy.

Senate Panel Backs Worker’s Comp Changes

Apr 4, 2017

With the proposal drawing opposition from business, insurance and labor groups, a Senate committee Monday approved a bill that would revamp parts of the workers' compensation insurance system.

Senate Panel To Consider Workers’ Comp Bill

Mar 30, 2017
Mercedes Marler (FLICKR)

As the legislative session nears the halfway point, a Senate committee Monday is slated to take up a bill that would revamp workers' compensation insurance laws.

Workers’ Comp Bill Passes First Test In House

Mar 15, 2017

After a fierce debate about attorney fees, a House panel Tuesday moved forward with a proposal that would make key changes in the workers' compensation insurance system.

House lawmakers got an earful this week on proposed workers' compensation measures. Business groups and health care advocates complain the draft legislation doesn’t do enough to address attorney fees, premium costs, physician fees and patient choice.

Appeals Court Poised To Hear Workers’ Comp Case

Feb 9, 2017
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As lawmakers ponder changes to the workers' compensation insurance system, the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments Feb. 22 about whether Florida's Sunshine Law was violated before regulators approved a 14.5 percent rate increase in September.

Judiciary Committee To Consider Death Penalty, Workers’ Comp

Jan 4, 2017

Preparing for the annual legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee next week will start weighing two high-profile issues: the death penalty and workers' compensation insurance.

Democratic Senator Bill Montford of Tallahassee is warning fellow lawmakers that a dramatic spike in workers’ compensation rates isn’t just a business problem.

Senators Begin Considering Workers’ Comp Issues

Dec 14, 2016

The battle lines are being drawn. Or maybe they never went away.

Senate leaders are promising to take a comprehensive approach to overhauling Florida’s workers’ compensation system as business groups rail against a pending 14.5 percent rate hike.

Workers’ Comp Rate Hike Continues Despite Legal Squabbles

Dec 13, 2016
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A state appeals court Monday said an increase in workers' compensation insurance rates will continue amid a legal battle about whether Florida's Sunshine Law was violated during the rate-making process.

Florida businesses are up in arms about a hefty workers compensation rate hike, and now lawmakers are worried about the fallout for school districts.

In the workers comp system, employees agree not to sue when they get hurt and their bosses agree to pay medical bills and lost wages. German Chancellor Otto von Bismark thought it would humanize the industrial revolution.

Insurance Regulators Appeal Workers’ Comp Ruling

Nov 30, 2016
Florida Court System

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said Tuesday it is appealing a circuit judge's ruling that would block a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

Just when they thought they had dodged a bullet, it looks like Florida businesses will be hit with a major increase in workers compensation rates after all.

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Police union officials want Florida lawmakers to extend workers' compensation to first responders with Zika.

Workers’ Comp Rates Set To Rise Starting Dec. 1

Oct 5, 2016
Nick Evans

Workers' compensation insurance rates will jump 14.5 percent starting Dec. 1, after a filing Tuesday that carried out a decision by state regulators.

Republican Leaders Expect Action on Workers’ Comp

Sep 30, 2016
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With Florida businesses facing a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and a key Republican senator said they expect lawmakers to take action during the 2017 legislative session.

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