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Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Attendant Care, Looking Ahead

Greetings, one of the elements of the proposed $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill that is being negotiated in Congress is an increase the in the Federal Minimum wage.   Rumor has it is that even if that gets stripped out it  of the relief package, it will be a bill on its own. In Florida, if […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Late Reporting of COVID Claims

Greetings, I have had several questions about a claimant reporting an alleged work-related COVID-19 claim well beyond the usual 30 day mark.  While the WC statute says a claim must be reported within 30 days of when a claimant knows (or finds out from a doctor that it is work related), there is an exception […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – 120 Day Rule Backdoor Escape Hatch

Greetings, There has been a recent slew of cases addressing the 120 day rule, and estoppel arguments regarding the Employer/Carrier’s failure to deny part or all of a claim or injury. However, none of these cases had arguments or issues regarding the “backdoor” caveat to the 120 day rule.  If E/C doesn’t deny the accident […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – New Unemployment Assistance

Greetings and happy 2021! On December 30, the Federal Budget was signed into law (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021), and as a part of that bill was the Coronavirus relief measures (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021)  The bill is 5,393 pages, it is not a real page-turner. The bill provides for $600 stimulus […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Year End PTD Cleanup Issues

Greetings, A few reminder notes for the PTD season: Do not forget to adjust any PTD supplemental benefits effective 1/1/21.   Date of accident after 10/1/2003- it’s a 3% increase.  The formula is 3% x number of years since the accident x comp rate.   PTD supplemental benefits end at age 62 (unless the accident prevented them […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Max CR and Possible Marijuana Changes

Greetings, The Dept. of Financial Services released the FL WC maximum compensation rate effective 1/1/21, its $1,011.  This is for dates of accident after January 1.  Also, a reminder that base PTD benefits plus PTD supplements cannot exceed the max CR for the year that it is paid.  Memo attached on the new max CR. […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – FL WC Annual Stats

Greetings, Don’t forget to scour everything you received on Wednesday and over the break for 1-time change requests.  Watch out for anything referencing “an alternative” doctor or anything citing 440.13(2)(f).   You must respond by 4:59 pm today, Monday, 11/30/20. DOAH has released its annual report, the usual treasure trove of statistics about the FL WC […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Change of Seasons/Change of Doctors

Greetings, hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week.  It’s been a year to remember, but don’t forget to stay on the look-out for 1-time changes. As a reminder, any requests received before 5 pm EST on Wednesday before Thanksgiving (11/25) need to be answered by 5 pm on Monday after Thanksgiving (11/30).   Also: “Received” means […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – PFB Trends

Greetings, hope everyone is doing well. Litigation is slowly starting to increase back to pre-pandemic levels, and so is the flood of PFB’s.   Since April, the number of new litigated WC claims in Florida is down 13% compared to 2019.  However, since September its only down 7%, so the numbers are increasing.  Along with that […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – MCC and Specific Diagnosis

Greetings, the 1st DCA issued a ruling last week clarifying-ish Major Contributing Cause and the 120 day rule in Sanchez v. Yellow Transport, 1D19-4231. The crux of the case was the E/C had authorized treatment over the years for the “lumbar spine”, and had never delineated that they were accepting a lumbar strain or any […]