Florida workers’ compensaton News

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Challenge to Florida Workers’ Comp System

The United States Supreme Court has refused to review a Florida case challenging the state’s entire workers’ compensation system, which could be seen as the state’s only reprieve on workers’ comp this year. The Court’s Oct. 31 decision without comment …

It’s Official: Florida Workers’ Comp Rates Going Up Nearly 15%

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has issued a final order granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for an overall combined statewide average rate increase of 14.5 percent. This rate increase applies to both new …

Florida Approves 14.5% Workers’ Comp Rate Hike in Response to Court Rulings

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has given contingent approval for an overall statewide workers’ compensation rate increase of 14.5 percent to take effect Dec. 1, 2016. The rate increase is in response to two recent Supreme Court rulings …

Florida Awaiting Final Workers’ Comp Rate Decision

The rate impact of recent Florida Supreme Court rulings on the state’s workers’ compensation system is currently in the hands of regulators, as the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) decides on the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI) filing seeking …

NCCI Proposes Nearly 20% Florida Workers Comp Rate Increase

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) announced July 1 that the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) filed an amended rate filing to address a third legal change affecting Florida’s workers’ compensation system. This amended filing increases NCCI’s initial …

Florida Workers’ Comp Fraud Sting Ends with 8 Arrests

A multi-agency undercover workers’ compensation sting in Polk County, Fla., led by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), led to the arrests of eight individuals, according to a statement from DFS. The eight individuals …

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down State Cap on Temporary Disability Benefits

The Florida Supreme Court has delivered another blow to Florida’s workers’ compensation system with a ruling today that the state’s statutory 104-week cap on temporary disability benefits is unconstitutional. The Florida Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of the of …

Updated: Florida Supreme Court Declines Jurisdiction in Challenge to Workers’ Comp System

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that it does not have jurisdiction in a case brought by an injured nurse that challenged the constitutionality of the entire Florida Workers’ Compensation system. In the case of Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital, the …

Florida High Court Set to Hear Constitutional Challenge to Workers’ Comp System

The Florida Supreme Court will hear yet another case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s workers’ comp system on April 16, 2016. The case, Daniel Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital, et al., has been making its way through the state courts …

Florida Judge: 104-Week Limit on Temporary Disability Benefits Unconstitutional

A Florida district court judge’s ruling that declared unconstitutional a 104-week limitation on injured workers’ temporary benefits has left insurers and employers scrambling to come up with a legislative solution as the state’s 60-day legislative session began this week. The …