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GOP-Led Panel Bucks Business, Passes Comp Reform Bill

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)

Friday, April 14, 2017 | 721 | 0 | 0 min read

The Republican-led Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday defied every major business organization in Florida and joined Democrats in unanimously passing a workers’ compensation reform bill that includes hourly attorney fees capped at $250. SB 1582, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Flemi...

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Mark Zientz Apr 14, 2017 06:34 AM

In going over the two bills, I find nothing in them to benefit injured workers except codifcation of Westphal. As a matter of fact it has a major 'takeaway' by again limiting attorney fees. Attorneys representing injured workers should be paid in the same fashion as PIP, and as a matter of fact, in the same manner as any other insurance claim. The public policy of this state since 1911 has been to make the insurance industry responsible when they deny a claim and lose in court. So in the spirit of the Passover Holiday, "why is this type of insurance different from all other kinds?"

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