Florida Senate Passes Attorney Fee Bill

Tallahassee, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - HB 903, a bill that effectively negates the Florida Supreme Court ruling in Murray v. Mariner, passed the Florida Senate Friday on a 22-16 vote. The bill has now been sent to the Governor for his signature.

The bill restores a cap on attorneys' fees in workers' compensation cases. In October of last year, the Supreme Court justices ruled that attorneys should be paid reasonably for representing injured workers, finding that the 2003 amendment was "ambiguous".

While business groups believe it saves small business owners from higher workers' compensation rates, injured worker attorneys say that having the cap on fees prevents injured workers from having proper representation. It is very likely that the constitutionality of these caps will be challenged again by the claimant's bar.

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