With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, beware of claimant lawyers using the Hinzman case to secure authorization of undesirable physicians. In February 2013, the First DCA issued its opinion in Hinzman v. Winter Haven Facility Operations. This case holds that the 5 day rule pertaining to the claimant’s one-time change in treating physicians is 5 consecutive…

Changes in the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law implemented in 1994 provide employer/carriers with a powerful investigative tool. Section 440.13(4)(c), Florida Statutes, was amended as follows: [U]pon the request of the employer, the carrier, an authorized qualified rehabilitation provider, or the attorney for the employer or carrier, the medical records, reports, and information of an injured…

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