Florida Supreme Court News

Negligence or Medical Negligence? Florida Supreme Court Offers Clarity

Whether a claim arises out of medical negligence and is subject to the presuit screening requirements of Chapter 766 of the Florida Statutes is a question legal practitioners and courts alike have struggled with for years. In April 2018, the …

Federal Tax Cuts Spur 1.8% Decrease in Florida Workers’ Comp Rates

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved a 1.8 percent rate decrease for workers’ compensation insurance in Florida. The decrease was filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in a law-only filing resulting from the effects …

Fraud, Lawsuit Abuse Earns Florida No. 1 Spot on ‘Judicial Hellhole’ List

Florida’s number one Judicial Hellhole ranking for 2017 from the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) is unlikely to be an achievement the state will celebrate any time soon. Quite the opposite, according to business groups like the Florida Chamber of …

Demotech Holds-Off on Affirming ‘A’ Ratings for 16 Florida Insurers

A company that rates many Florida property/casualty insurers believes hurricane losses and assignment of benefits litigation during 2017 could affect some insurers’ financial ratings. Ratings company Demotech says it will wait until it has analyzed year-end financial information, revised business …

Florida Approves Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease of Nearly 10%

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has issued a final order granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a statewide overall rate level decrease of 9.5 percent and premium level decrease of 9.8 percent. This applies to …

Florida Orders Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease of 9.8%

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has ordered a statewide overall workers’ compensation rate decrease of 9.8 percent, a slightly higher decrease than the 9.6 percent decrease filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) back in August. Altmaier’s order …

Florida Workers’ Comp Premiums Going Down? NCCI Files for 9.6% Decrease

Just under a year since Florida workers’ compensation rates shot up by 14.5 percent, Florida businesses may get some relief in their workers’ comp premiums. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has recommended to Florida regulators an overall premium …

Florida Fails to Pass Workers’ Compensation Reform

Florida businesses shouldn’t expect relief for workers’ compensation rates, this year at least. The Florida Legislature failed to pass legislation this session addressing 2016 decisions by the Florida Supreme Court that sent the state’s workers’ comp system into disarray and …

Florida Workers’ Comp Reform Battle Far From Over

Several bills addressing changes to Florida’s workers’ compensation system were filed this legislative session in response to court decisions from the state’s high court in 2016, but it remains to be seen which, if any, will make it through. So …

Demotech Suspends Florida Insurer Rating Criteria; Says Downgrades Coming

Recent Florida Supreme Court decisions and ongoing abuse in Florida’s insurance market have led a ratings company to change the criteria it uses when rating insurers in the state. The announcement comes as insurers get ready to announce their 2016 …