Employers and their workers compensation carriers have been hit with two major blows as a result of a decision from the first District Court of Appeals in Miles v. City of Edgewater Police Department and a decision from the Florida Supreme Court in Castellanos v. Next Door Company. Both of these cases deal with different…

In a recent court decision in the case of Bustamante v. Amber Construction Co. and American Interstate Insurance Co., the First DCA held that mere authorization of a change in physician is not enough to avoid the claimant partaking in the self-help nature of Florida Statute 440.13. Specifically, in this case, the claimant requested a…

Believe it or not, the idea of providing medical and wage benefits to employees who are injured on the job dates back to Sumeria, 2050 B.C.[1] Back then, benefits provided to the injured worker depended on the ruler’s whim and there was little or no recourse for those that felt they were unfairly treated. In…

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