House Approves Bill on Workers' Compensation Rates

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

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  • Mark Zientz

    The bill is just another in a long line of takeaways since 1975. It doesn‘t give injured workers 260 weeks of TTD/TPD, the Supreme Court already did that. It doesn‘t cure the inequity in the burdens of proof. Clear and convincing evidence for claimants and a lower standard for defenses. It doesn‘t cure the constraints on claimant attorney fees, it imposes an unawful and inadequate hourly fee cap. It‘s no different than the 2009 ‘fix‘ to Mariners Health--repealing the word ‘reasonable‘. After a 60% reduction in premiums from 2003 to 2016, a 14.5% increase is chump change. Employers who should pay 100% of the cost of work injuries now pay 21% and they complain that is too much. How much will it cost to insure for negligence if work comp was to go away?

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