Big business is being put ahead of the workers of Florida . . . AGAIN. If you don't do anything about it now, the Florida Legislature will pass a law that gives more protection to the workers' compensation carrier than the injured worker.
House Bill 903 and Senate Bill 2072 are flying through the legislature with little opportunity to oppose them. They are both horrible bills for the little guy. They both put insurance companies in front of the people. They both will give an incredible advantage to workers' compensation carriers and make it difficult for the average injured worker to get the workers compensation benefits they are entitled to. In essence, they cap attorneys' fees for the injured worker and do not place a cap on the attorneys' fees for the workers' compensation insurance companies. The Florida Supreme Court already said this was wrong, but they are trying to skate around it.
I fight for people on Florida workers' compensation and I do hear about some of the injustice the carriers have to deal with by attorneys over-litigating the issues and demanding too much in attorneys' fees. But there are two ways to prevent this--trust the workers compensation judges in their decision of what is fair (wouldn't they know more than legislators who don't even know what worker comp is?) and eliminate having to pay attorneys' fees by providing the requested benefits if they are due.
There are enough protection from frivolous claims already in the workers' compensation statute. An injured worker who commits workers comp fraud can go to jail. I support these protections from frivolous workers' compensation claims but cannot support anything that makes the playing field uneven.
Contact your Florida Senator and Representative today and advise them that you don't want the injured workers to get less protection than the insurance companies. Keep the playing field even--that's all I am asking. You can find out who your legislators are and contact them by going to my Legal Links on my website, MatthewNoyes.com. If you don't do anything about it, don't complain when it passes!!
If you or a loved one is battling for workers' compensation benefits, click here to contact Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes for a free consultation. Remember, the workers' compensation carriers have some really good attorneys looking out for their best interest--so should you!