Florida Supreme Court Rules in Workers’ Compensation Case
Late last week, the Florida Supreme Court issued their ruling in Castellanos v. Next Door Company, a case that challenged the constitutionality of the schedule in the Florida workers’ compensation law that limits fees for attorneys representing injured workers. The case has been pending at the Court for a year and a half. In its decision, the Court threw out the fee schedule, declaring it unc…onstitutional. This attorney fee schedule has been a major factor in reducing workers’ compensation costs to Florida employers since it was enacted in 2003.
The full impact of the Court’s decision is still unclear, but it is expected to have a significant impact on workers’ compensation rates in Florida. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has announced that it will submit a special rate filing to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation in May with a proposed effective date of this summer.