Florida Workers’ Comp Law Changes

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A Major Change In Florida Workers’ Comp Laws Regarding Attorney Fee Caps in WC Claims

In a ruling by the First District Court in Tallahassee, Appellate Judge Bradford Thomas stated that current laws placing statutory restrictions on a person’s right to enter into a contract waiving statutory limits on attorney fees in WC Claims was unconstitutional. In the opinion, Thomas wrote, “the proper remedy is to allow an injured worker and an attorney to enter into a fee agreement approved by the [judge of compensation claims], notwithstanding the statutory restrictions.”

Plaintiff’s attorneys are viewing the ruling as a victory while opponents allege waiving statutory restrictions on attorney fees in WC Claims will increase the number of workers’ compensation claims filed in Florida and it will increase the cost of workers’ compensation coverage for Florida businesses. […]