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Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Distance to Doctors

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Greetings, Many claimant attorneys continue to fight us over the distance claimant’s have to travel for appointments.   See below for my past tip on the state of the law on distance. My partner in Tampa, Ya’Sheaka Campbell just won a JCC case on this issue.   The distance was 45 miles but the travel time was […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Updates (8/6/18)

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Samuel Phillips v. Tyson Foods JCC Winn: Pensacola District                            Order Date: July 7, 2018 OJCC Case: 17-023047                                    Date of Accident: May 2, 1976 Claimant’s Counsel: Douglas H. Glicken            E/C’s Counsel:  Tara L. Said JCC Order: Click Here   Summary: Statute of Limitations – Claimant’s counsel filed PFB’s for medical care, ongoing PTD benefits, compensability […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Updates (7/31/18)

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Lawrence P. Levin v. Spencer Gifts Holdings JCC Sojourner: Lakeland District                                   Opinion Date: July 5, 2018 OJCC Case: 11-029044                                                      Date of Accident: January 1, 2011 Claimant’s Trial Counsel: Matthew Valdes                    E/C’s Trial Counsel: Sean Crosby Claimant’s Appellate Counsel: Matthew Valdes            E/C’s Appellate Counsel: William Rogner JCC Order: Click Here                                                       […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – PTD Terms

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Greetings, As our workforce ages in Florida, we will continue to see an increase in PTD claims.  (Here’s a link to two great studies on the workforce aging and population in Florida). http://edr.state.fl.us/Content/presentations/population-demographics/DemographicTrends_11-6-13.pdf https://datausa.io/profile/geo/florida/#intro  I often get questions about some of the terms and nuances of PTD.  Here are a few terms/issues I see most […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Attorney’s Fees Updates (7/5/18)

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Carol Prokap v. PRP Wine International JCC Weiss: Ft. Myers District                            Order Date: June 1, 2018 OJCC Case: 13-029487                                      JCC Order: Click Here Claimant’s Counsel: Brian Sutter                      E/C’s Counsel: Thaddeus Harrell Hourly Fee Awarded: $300 per hour Summary: The Judge concluded that 70.45 hours were reasonably incurred in procuring the various benefits. […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Updates (7/3/18)

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Robert Williams v. Wells Fargo JCC Dietz: Melbourne District                                         Opinion Date: June 5, 2018 OJCC Case: 17-005854                                                  Date of Accident: November 23, 2016 Claimant’s Trial Counsel: Daniel DeCiccio                    E/C’s Trial Counsel: Sean Callahan Claimant’s Appellate Counsel: Wayne Johnson            E/C’s Appellate Counsel: Tara Said JCC Order: Click Here                                                   1st DCA […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Accident vs. Injury

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Greetings, I probably get 2-3 questions a day from clients to help them make a determination on whether an accident or injury c an be denied or if  it is compensable.  (Keep those questions coming!) In laymen’s terms, an accident is the event, the injury is the result.  We often use the terms interchangeably as […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Math/OP and UP

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Greetings, this tip is on everyone’s favorite topic, math. For the first few weeks of a claim, it can be difficult to obtain the correct information regarding the AWW and post-accident earnings to pay benefits correctly. This can create hodge-podge of underpaid weeks and overpaid weeks once the info is received.   Per the statute, any […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Updates (6/1/18)

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Harbor Freight Tools, Inc. v. Patricia Whitehead JCC Humphries: Jacksonville District                 Opinion Date: May 18, 2018 OJCC Case: 16-019425                                              Date of Accident: May 3, 2015 E/C’s Counsel: Daniel Schwarz & Gina Jacobs    Claimant’s Counsel: Daniel J. Glary JCC Order: Click Here                                               1st DCA Order: Click Here Briefly: 120 Day Rule – […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Settling Pro Se Claims

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Greetings, an issue has come up recently on two of my files where the adjuster settled the file with a claimant directly pro se.   The issue is whether the settlement covers  “any and all claims”. In one, the claimant alleged he did not think he was settling his other claim.  In the other file, […]