Workers’ compensation defense attorneys and adjusters in Florida are constantly pressed to meet statutory deadlines. 30 days for filing the Response to PFB …. 14 days for issuance of a total denial… 5 days for responding to the one-time change… and the list goes on. But one of the most important, and most forgotten deadlines,…

Effective July 1, 2014, Chapter 440 now allows for calculation of the compensation rate as EITHER 66 2/3% OR 66.67%. This is the legislative response to Escambia County School District Board v. Vickery-Orso, which found the proper method for determining the compensation is not by multiplying the average weekly wage by .6667 or .66667, but…

Every adjuster has received that e-mail or fax from a claimant’s attorney with a whopping emergency room bill. Had the claimant waited a few more days and simply gone to their authorized provider, the carrier would only be on the hook for a simple follow-up visit, as opposed to the hospital bill which often multiplies…

The problematic request for a one-time change in treating physician can severely impact a case if not handled properly. As new case law continues to modify the acceptable manner of appropriately and timely responding to these requests, adjusters have greater burdens in appropriately responding. Below are some tips to help preserve the EC’s right to…

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