Will The Supreme Court Save Floridas Workers?

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

Senate Bill 50A went into effect in 2003. Most folks haven’t heard of it and probably don’t know what it means. But this law has done more to harm the access of injured Florida workers to the worker’s compensation system, worker’s compensation benefits, wages, and adequate health care than all the many bills and laws enacted over the past 20 years. Most of these laws have had the effect of further restricting the rights of workers, under the guise of reducing insurance premiums of their employers. This bill has given insurance companies free reign to destroy the lives of injured workers in Florida. It so severely restricts attorneys’ fees for worker’s compensation claimants that many lawyers won’t take worker’s compensation cases due to caps on their fees. Meanwhile, there are no caps at all on the fees that can be paid to the insurance companies’ lawyers.

 

Emma Murray, injured on the job in 2003, has asked the Supreme Court of Florida to find the law unconstitutional. Her attorney worked on her case for about 85 hours and was warded only about $ 8.00 per hour under the new law. This law is unfair because it allows the foxes to guard the henhouse. The insurance companies, as a practical matter, hold the keys to the worker’s compensation system. The Supreme Court of Florida recently heard oral arguments in Emma’s case, and others are pending. CGWC hopes that the Supreme Court strikes down this manifestly unjust and unconstitutional law and give Florida workers’ a more level playing field in the workers’ compensation system. If you have been injured on the job, call CGWC for a free consultation.