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Claimant Must Prove Need for Amount He Requests as Advance

By Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)

Thursday, November 1, 2012 | 0

An injured Florida worker who had no income and testified that he was struggling to pay his rent and keep up with his bills was not entitled to a $2,000 advance on his claim, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled.In a per curiam decision on Wednesday, the court explained that $2,000 is the statutory maximum a worker could get, but a judge is not obligated to award that amount just because a worker asks for it.  Since Robert Worthy did not provide any evidence as to why an advance of $2,000 – as opposed to some lesser amount – was appropriate, the court said the judge of compe...

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