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Court Urges Change in Florida Workers Compensation Law

Claims Journal-OCTOBER 12, 2012 - According to the article an appellate court is urging the Florida Legislature to reconsider a state law that makes injured employees pay employers legal costs if they lose good faith workers compensation appeals. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee made that recommendation Friday in upholding such an order. It requires Gina Frederick to pay the Monroe County School District $11,834. Theres no dispute Frederick was hurt on the job, but two doctors disagreed on whether she had a permanent total injury. A medical adviser appointed by a compensation claims judge, though, offered the opinion shes not totally and permanently injured. Frederick then withdrew her claim but still was ordered to pay the districts costs. The court noted the law on the other hand limits fees for workers lawyers.

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State Farm Request Would Increase No Fault Rates

Tampa Bay Online-Associated Press-October 9, 2012-According to the article in Tallahassee, Florida Insurance giant State Farm Mutual says it would like to increase the personal injury protection portion of its automobile policies by 22%, but it's willing to settle for 7.9% to comply with recent legislation aimed at reducing skyrocketing insurance costs to drivers.

State Farm's filing to the Office of Insurance Regulation was included among the 10 largest companies providing auto insurance in Florida. It was the only company that asked for an increase on the Personal Injury Protection portion. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company indicated it would've normally sought an 11.2% increase on the no-fault portion, but settled for no increase.

Six companies said they would comply with the recent legislative goal of reducing the Personal Injury Protection portion by 10% although that doesn't guarantee overall savings.

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Florida Workers Comp Rates Now 29th Most Expensive

Claims Journal-October 15, 2012-According to the articleFloridas workers compensation insurance rates have climbed from 40th to 29th most expensive in the nation over the last two years. That 11-point increase was reported in a study released this week by the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services. It issues a comparison of rates in the 50 states on Jan. 1 of each even-numbered year. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation noted in a news release Friday that the Sunshine States rate of $1.82 per $100 of payroll is still below the national median of $1.88. Businesses and other employers buy workers compensation insurance to cover on-the-job injuries. Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said the study shows that the state needs to be proactive in considering legislation to keep its rates nationally competitive.

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