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Nearly Half of Virus Claims in State Denied, Report Shows

By William Rabb (Reporter)

Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 0

Florida insurers, self-insurers and local governments have denied about half of workers' compensation claims for COVID-19, a denial rate that may be significantly higher than some other jurisdictions. Overall, 45% of virus claims have been denied, according to a report released this week by the Florida Division of Workers' Compensation. “I'm not surprised at all by that,” said Orlando claimants' attorney Geoff Bichler, who represents some 30 first responders who've been hit by the disease and have filed for benefits. Florida has a limited presumption for fron...

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