Florida Supreme Court Weighs Workers' Comp Battle
If you are an injured Florida worker, you may have noticed how unfair the work comp system is for you. You do not get to choose which doctor will treat your injury, you have to wait weeks or even months for authorization of treatment the carrier’s chosen doctor has recommended, and there is nothing you can do about your permanent loss of wages caused by your work injury. Medical case managers talk to your doctors without you being present and suddenly the opinion is that your problems are not related to the work accident, but rather a degenerative condition you didn’t even know you had. None of this makes sense to you.
We wish we could tell you there is an easy fix, but the way the work comp laws have changed over the years have left injured workers without many ways to fight back. Having an attorney is a necessity if you experience any delays in treatment or benefits. Our work comp attorneys are active members of the Florida Workers’ Advocates, an organization dedicated to fighting for injured workers in the legislature and in the court system. Currently, the members of FWA have three cases pending before the Florida Supreme Court wherein it has been argued the work comp laws are so bad for injured workers it is unconstitutional. Oral arguments were heard this week in the third case. Read more about this at the SunSentinal website.