The Office of Insurance Regulation heard testimony on the 19.6% workers’ compensation rate increase yesterday. President Touby led a delegation that testified, including Chris Smith, Richard Chait and Rick Morales.
Links to the video archive of the hearing can be found below.
Additionally, Florida Politics published a story with quotes and summary that be viewed here.
On June 3, 2016, elections were held in Orlando, Florida for seven At-Large seats on the FWA Board of Directors. FWA is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the Board of Directors. The following FWA members were chosen by the general membership to serve on the Board of Directors:
Lance Avera of Avera & Smith, LLP in Gainesville, Florida has been practicing almost exclusively in the field of workers’ compensation for the past 27 years. He has been Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation with the Florida Bar
Why does workers compensation have to be so confusing? Injured workers hear terms like “maximum medical improvement” or “MMI” and often have no idea what this really means in terms of their benefits, ability to return to work, or access to ongoing medical treatment. In a Florida workers compensation case, an injured worker receives medical treatment from the doctor chosen by the insurance company until that doctor decides the worker has received all the medical care needed to improve from the work injury. If the injured worker is completely healed at
One of our sponsors, Specialty Allocations, is putting on a lunch and learn webinar on March 23, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The webinar will provide information on how to calculate future medicals to assess a client’s case. Joining in the live presentation will be our members Glen Weiland and Adam Littman.
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The Miami Herald sent a year’s end email out:As the year draws to a close, we would like to give thanks to our loyal readers, subscribers and advertisers. By supporting our dedicated journalists, you make so many things possible:
JUSTICE for the students of Florida for-profit colleges. A year-long investigation by Miami Herald reporter Michael Vasquez revealed an industry rife with fraud, leading students to go into debt without degrees or jobs to show for it. In the wake of the series, Miami’s most politically powerful for-profit college closed, and its
A new story was published December 11, 2015 by staff writer Michael Grabell on ProPublica. The story details the measures taken by Tyson Foods over the last 25 years to take the lead in changes in state workers’ compensation systems. The article is extremely detailed, and provides in depth analysis of Tyson’s actions in different states to push workers’ compensation reforms-typically, at the expense of benefits and remedies available to injured workers.
The article can be accessed at the following link: Tyson Foods’ Secret Recipe for Carving Up Workers’ Comp
The new story
Gerry Rosenthal recently achieved another “high water mark” in his legal career. On October 2, 2015, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) during their national meeting in Chicago. The black tie affair was attended by over 230 people with an appearance by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Having received among other honors in the past the Bud Adams Award and the David H. Levine Leadership Award, as well as being Workers’ Compensation Section Chair, a founding member and Chairman of Florida
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It is with great pleasure that we formally induct Ramon Malca into the FWA Hall of Fame. Born in Paris France, he was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1975. In addition to his myriad honors and accomplishments, he was the recipient of the prestigious W.L. “Bud” Adams Award for his outstanding service in advancing the philosophy and practice of the workers compensation system in 1992.
Ray was appointed to the Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation claims from 1990-1994, and became one of the most influential voices in
Every time I go to the JCC’s office, I am asked the same question, “when is the Supreme Court going to decide Castellaños?” After so many requests for that information, I have finally settled on the answer for them and I will share that here as well. The answer is: Thursday. My answer is generally met with the follow up question, “this Thursday?” to which I respond “maybe” and watch the disappointment appear on the person’s face. The truth is I don’t know when the opinion will be released, but