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Workers’ Comp Case Goes To Supreme Court

Jul 11, 2019

A Broward County school employee’s constitutional challenge to part of Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance laws has gone to the state Supreme Court. 

Workers’ Comp Challenge Rejected

Jun 19, 2019

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. 

New Year Brings Minimum Wage, Workers' Comp Changes

Jan 1, 2019

Minimum-wage workers will get a pay raise, businesses will get a break on insurance bills and a few new laws will take effect Tuesday as 2019 begins in Florida.

Minimum-wage workers will start earning $8.46 an hour Tuesday, up from $8.25 an hour in 2018 --- and more than a dollar above the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

Court Says Insurer Can’t Be Saddled With ‘Known Loss’

Nov 1, 2018

An appeals court Wednesday ruled that an insurer shouldn’t have to pay a claim under a workers’ compensation insurance policy that was written hours after a piece of heavy machinery ran over a construction worker’s foot. 

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A new law will takes effect next month that expands workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, law enforcements officers and other first responders.

Workers comp for those professions will now include post-traumatic stress disorder.

Catherine Welch/WMFE

A new law will take effect next month that expands workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, law enforcement officers and other first responders.

Workers comp for those professions will now include post-traumatic stress disorder.

Workers’ Comp Could Return Next Session

Apr 13, 2018

Expect efforts to revamp workers’ compensation insurance laws to return as new House and Senate leaders take over for the 2019 legislative session, according to Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier.

Altamier, who has been commissioner for nearly two years, said this week “a lot of people” continue to believe that a 2016 Florida Supreme Court ruling that tossed out strict caps on attorney fees in workers’ compensation cases will “have a negative impact on rates in the long run” and that changes are necessary to prevent employers’ premiums from increasing.

Scott Backs Benefits For First Responders With PTSD

Mar 28, 2018

Firefighters, police officers and other first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder will qualify for a full array of workers’ compensation insurance benefits effective Oct. 1, under a bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Tuesday.

Joined by state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Pam Bondi and legislative leaders, Scott signed the measure (SB 376) during an appearance at the Tampa Firefighters Museum.

Groups Warn Against ‘Premature' Workers' Comp Changes

Feb 6, 2018

After lobbying the Legislature to makes changes to the workers’ compensation insurance system for the past 18 months, business leaders are backing off this year.


A bill expanding workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder has been filed for the 2018 Legislative session.

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.

First responders who get post-traumatic stress disorder on the job soon may be eligible for more workers compensation benefits.

Workers’ Comp Rate Hike Continues Despite Legal Squabbles

Dec 13, 2016

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.

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.

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.

State Regulators Order 14.5% Increase In Workers' Comp Rates

Sep 28, 2016

Florida regulators issued an order Tuesday that said workers' compensation insurance rates should increase 14.5 percent starting later this year.

Decision On Workers’ Comp Rate Could Come Soon

Sep 21, 2016

State regulators may be close to deciding on a proposed 19.6 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates.

Justices Reject Another Part Of Workers Comp System

Jun 10, 2016

For the second time in less than two months, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that part of the state's workers' compensation insurance system is unconstitutional.

Workers Comp Rates Could Jump After Court Ruling

May 31, 2016

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.

Court Rejects Legal Restriction In Workers-Comp Cases

Apr 21, 2016

In a potentially far-reaching decision, an appeals court Wednesday struck down a state law that restricted a police officer from paying a law firm to help her pursue workers-compensation insurance benefits.

Supreme Court Weighs Workers Comp Battle

Apr 7, 2016

Florida Supreme Court justices Wednesday tried to sift through arguments about the constitutionality of the state's workers-compensation insurance system --- and whether they should decide the issue.

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.

Workers Comp Case Drawing Heavy Attention

Dec 1, 2015

A Florida Supreme Court case challenging the constitutionality of the state's workers-compensation insurance system is drawing heavy interest from legal, public-safety and insurance-industry groups.

Workers-Comp Ruling Rejected In Air Show Injury

Aug 27, 2015

An appeals court said Wednesday a security guard who was injured in a 2011 tornado can pursue a lawsuit against a company that put on an air show in Polk County.