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Worker’s Compensation Rejected In Meningitis Cases

Dec 2, 2019
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Pointing to tough legal standards approved by the Legislature, an appeals court Wednesday rejected workers’ compensation insurance claims involving allegations that two men developed meningitis after inhaling types of fungus while on the job. 

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Pointing to tough legal standards approved by the Legislature, an appeals court Wednesday rejected workers’ compensation insurance claims involving allegations that two men developed meningitis after inhaling types of fungus while on the job.

Workers’ Comp Rates To Drop 7.5 Percent

Oct 25, 2019
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Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier on Thursday ordered an average 7.5 percent reduction in workers’ compensation insurance rates effective Jan. 1. 

State Ponders Worker’s Comp Rate Cut

Oct 10, 2019
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Florida’s insurance commissioner is considering whether to sign off on an average 5.4 percent reduction in workers’ compensation insurance rates despite an ongoing debate about the effects of a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed higher attorney fees in workers’ compensation legal battles. 

Florida Businesses Could Get Break on Workers’ Compensation Rates

Aug 30, 2019
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Workers’ compensation insurance rates could go down again for Florida employers. 

Workers’ Comp Challenge Rejected

Jun 19, 2019
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In a dispute about treatment of a shoulder injury, a state appeals court Tuesday rejected a constitutional challenge to part of Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance laws. 

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The appointment of two new Florida Supreme Court justices has galvanized the business community’s interest in tackling attorney fees in the workers’ compensation insurance system.

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The state Office of Insurance Regulation has scheduled an Oct. 17 hearing on a proposal that could lead to an average 13.4 percent reduction in workers’ compensation insurance rates next year, according to a notice published Monday in the Florida Administrative Register.

Florida legislators passed a bill this week that would make first responders eligible for workers compensation if they are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Florida lawmakers want broader workers' compensation coverage for first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder. But a new version of the bill would add more requirements as well.

The second-highest ranking member of the Florida Senate pledged a legislative review of a state law that has allowed injured undocumented workers to be arrested and potentially deported rather than paid workers' compensation benefits.

"Legitimate injuries shouldn't be denied just because the person was an undocumented immigrant," said Republican Sen. Anitere Flores, the president pro tempore of the state Senate and chairwoman of the Banking and Insurance Committee.

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.

Higher workers’ compensation rates in Florida are likely here to stay, warns a key player in the Florida Senate.

Employers are worried the fallout from recent Supreme Court rulings will go beyond a hefty rate hike for workers’ compensation insurance.

Judge Blocks Workers’ Compensation Rate Hike

Nov 27, 2016
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Little more than a week before businesses were slated to get hit with increased workers' compensation insurance rates, a Leon County circuit judge Wednesday blocked the hike because of violations of Florida's Sunshine Law.

Workers comp rates are set to rise by almost 15 percent.  State regulators have approved the increase for new and renewal policies starting in December. 

Florida’s insurance regulators are considering two major rate increases.  The moves would raise rates for workers compensation insurance and property insurance with the state-backed company Citizens.

Insurance researchers are recommending a nearly 20 percent hike in workers compensation rates.  The increase comes in the wake of recent court decisions. 

Jacksonville business leaders aired concerns at a town hall meeting with lawmakers Wednesday about a proposed workers' compensation insurance hike.

Insurance Council Seeks Bigger Hike In Workers’ Compensation Rate

Jul 4, 2016
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The workers' compensation insurance industry is seeking a nearly 20 percent rate hike, following a pair of recent Florida Supreme Court rulings and a change in state law.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance, which submits rate proposals for Florida's workers' compensation insurance industry, on Thursday filed an amended rate proposal that would boost the average rate by 19.6 percent, up from an increase of more than 17 percent proposed in May.

Business groups are sounding the alarm about a proposed 17 percent hike in workers compensation insurance rates.

Workers Comp Rates Could Jump After Court Ruling

May 31, 2016
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After a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a limit on attorney's fees, workers-compensation insurance rates could go up 17.1 percent, according to a proposal submitted Friday to state regulators.

Justices Strike Down Workers Comp Fee Law

Apr 28, 2016

In a major ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said that a state law limiting attorney's fees in workers-compensation insurance cases is unconstitutional.

Justices Will Hear Arguments In April In Workers Comp Fight

Jan 25, 2016

Florida Supreme Court justices will hear arguments April 6 in a closely watched challenge to Florida's workers-compensation insurance system.

Kevin Schiller had no idea what hit him.

With 21 years on the job, the building engineer for Macy's department stores had been in and out of every nook and cranny of many of the retail giant's Texas stores, including the storage room in the Macy's in Denton, Texas.

One minute, the stocky, 6-foot-2 Schiller was searching there for a floor drain. The next, he was sprawled on the floor, stunned, confused and bleeding slightly.

Red Flag For Florida's Workers Comp Market

Jan 19, 2016
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Insurance regulators say Florida's workers-compensation insurance market is competitive, but are expressing concerns about future rates and legal challenges.

The annual report released Friday by the state Office of Insurance Regulation said rates have gone down 60.3 percent since lawmakers in 2003 passed a major overhaul of the workers-compensation system. That included a 4.7 percent reduction that took effect Jan. 1. But the report indicates the effects of the 2003 law might have played out.

Workers Comp Rates Reduced 4.7 Percent

Nov 16, 2015

Florida employers will see overall workers-compensation insurance rates drop 4.7 percent as of Jan. 1, according to an order issued Thursday by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

Workers Comp Premiums Could Be Trimmed

Aug 24, 2015

State regulators will consider a proposal to reduce workers-compensation insurance premiums by an average of 2.2 percent in 2016, according to documents released Friday.

Appeal Filed In Major Workers Comp Case

Jul 13, 2015
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The Florida Supreme Court could wade into a case that potentially has major implications for the state's workers-compensation insurance system.

The legal group Florida Workers Advocates last week asked justices to take up the case, according to an online docket.

Appeals Court Weighs Workers Comp Law

Mar 31, 2015
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 A South Florida appeals court Monday heard arguments in a challenge to the constitutionality of the state's workers-compensation insurance system --- as two other closely watched challenges also await rulings at the Florida Supreme Court.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal took up a case in which a Miami-Dade County circuit judge ruled last year that a key underpinning of workers-compensation laws was unconstitutional. That underpinning involves cases being handled through the workers-compensation insurance system instead of through civil lawsuits.