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Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Surprise Attorney Fees

Greetings, one of the more frustrating aspects of the current WC law is a “later-proved benefit”, thus resulting in claimant attorney fees. For example, the claimant files a PFB for TPD. The adjuster denies it because there is no lost wages. Then at some later point, while the PFB is still pending, TPD becomes due, […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – PTD Supps. Reminder

Greetings, and happy new year!  I want to thank everyone for the support you have given me and the firm over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in 2020 and beyond! Just a housekeeping reminder on PTD supplemental benefits as the calendar flips. For dates of accident 10/1/2003 to […]

Briefly Speaking – Case Law Updates (12/31/19)

Michelle Willis v. City of Ormond Beach Police Dept. and Relation Insurance Services of Florida JCC Anderson: Daytona Beach District                                    Order Date: 10/11/2019 OJCC# 19-004548                                                                      Date of Accident: 4/28/2015 E/C Counsel: George Helm                                                      Claimant’s Counsel: Jon E. Benzette                              JCC Order: Click Here                        […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Holiday Party Accidents

Greetings, Tis the season for holiday parties and functions, and inevitably,  holiday party claims.  And as if on cue, the 1st DCA  issued a ruling in Reynolds v. Anixter Power Solutions last week (link below).  As a reminder, to be compensable, there are two requirements : The event must be mandatory; and The event has […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Annual WC Stats

Greetings, DOAH just put out its annual report, a 300 page analysis of the Fla WC litigation system.  The report is instructive not only on how the last year has trended but also the longer term impact of the Castellanos case and claimant attorney hourly fees.  This measures the claims from 7/1/2018-6/30/2019. Here are a […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week- 2020 Max Comp Rate

Greetings, a few things: Today is 1-time change clean-up day.  Be sure to scan everything from the claimant or their attorney that came in Wednesday or over the weekend.   Look out for anything citing 440.13(2)(f), an “alternative” doctor, etc…We must respond by 4:59 pm today to any Wednesday requests with the name of the doctor […]

This Thanksgiving I am Thankful for the New PMTb in Georgia

By Kenny Bishop, Associate, Atlanta Prior to the establishment of the PMTb, the Petition for Medical Treatment (hereinafter PMT), took effect on July 1, 2017 as a tool Claimants could use to expedite medical treatment or testing requested by an authorized medical provider.  If a PMT is filed, a telephonic conference will be scheduled no […]

To Appeal or Not Appeal – That Is the Question

By: Tara Said, Partner, Pensacola You worked up your case, felt you had great defenses and just knew that the Judge would buy into your argument. You lined up your witnesses and timely filed everything you were going to rely on. There is no way you could lose this hearing. You put on your case, […]

The One With all the Holiday Parties

By: Sabrina Persaud, Associate, Tampa ‘Tis the season! The holidays are here, winter is coming (for all you Frozen fans, that would be Elsa), and we all know what that means – holiday parties! Food, coquito, merriment, dancing, eggnog, work accidents, and so on. No, your eyes have not deceived you and you read that […]

One Time Change Requests and Holidays

By: Alec Powers, Associate, Orlando It’s that time of the year again. There is a palpable sense of bliss is in the air as the major holidays are upon us. It is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and all you want to do is leave work early to get to your family, friends, and pets. Well, […]