Rate Increase for Florida Workers Compensation Claims

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

The organization that collects data for Florida workers compensation claims, NCCI, has asked Florida Insurance Commisioner Kevin McCarty to increase workers compensation premiums charged to Florida employers an average of 6.4% in 2009. This request for a workers compensation insurance premium hike follows the recent Florida Supreme Court decision in the case of Emma Murray v. Mariner Healthcare, wherein the Court ruled that Florida attorneys representing injured workers who are successful in obtaining workers compensation benefits that the insurance company has wrongfully refused to provide, are to be paid a “reasonable fee” by the workers compensation insurance carrier. Florida Workers Advocates, a group of Florida attorneys who represent the rights of injured workers and the Florida Justice Association have each hailed the Murray decision as a necessary ruling that will enable injured workers to hire competent workers compensation attorneys to fight against insurance companies that wrongfully deny them benefits.