Bill on attorney fees heads to Florida House
A workers compensation insurance bill that would reverse a Florida Supreme Court decision that allowed ”reasonable” fees for attorneys taking on cases for injured workers is headed for a vote in the state House of Representatives as early as next week.
The proposed bill, which basically keeps the current law in place, is favored by employers and insurers who hope rates would continue their decline of the last six years.
Changes in the law passed in 2003 imposed a strict fee schedule for attorneys.
Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, proposed an amendment that ultimately failed that would have allowed workers to pay for their own attorneys, which isn’t allowed by the current law.