Monday, February 20, 2017

Miami Nominees Announced 02.20.17

The Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims met in Orlando on February 20, 2017. The nominations for the Miami vacancies are

To replace Judge Charles Hill
Jeffrey Jacobs
Michele Ready
Robert Wells

To replace Judge Gerardo Castiello
David Goehl
Walter Havers
Robert Wells

Monday, February 6, 2017

Florida Legislative Session 2017

Some 2017 Florida Legislative filings:

SB 404 was filed by Senator Simmons. It provides "that the maximum reimbursement allowances and manuals approved by a three-member panel for purposes of the Workers’ Compensation Law are exempt from legislative ratification under the Administrative Procedure Act when the adverse impact or regulatory costs of such allowances or manuals exceed any criteria specified in provisions, etc." No companion bill filed as yet. 

SB 516 was filed by Senator Perry. It deletes "provisions that limit certain workers’ compensation benefits for first responders; providing that mental or nervous injuries of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, or paramedics are compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Law under specified conditions, etc." Amends 440.093 "Mental and nervous injuries" by adding a new paragraph (4) that would read "a mental or nervous injury suffered by a law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic is compensable under this chapter, whether or not the mental or nervous injury is accompanied by physical injury requiring medical treatment, if the mental or nervous injury is demonstrated by clear and convincing medical evidence by a licensed psychiatrist to meet the criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder as described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association and if the mental or nervous injury arose out of an activity performed within the course of employment as described in s. 440.091."

Last revised 02.06.17

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

PFB and New Case filings January 2017

The figures are in for Florida workers' compensation litigation filings in January 2017.

The PFB filings were up notably in January (14%) over the same month last year. The OJCC is projecting an annualized increase in the range of 6-7%.

2015-16 2016-17 Change 2017/2016
July 5618 5637 0%
August 5443 6514 20%
September 5411 6125 13%
October 5788 5335 -8%
November 4982 5375 8%
December 5115 5461 7%
January 5035 5720 14%
February 5481 5488 0%
March 6002
April 5494
May 6119
June 6777
Average 5605 5738 2%

The "new cases" volume for January was also significantly increased (5%). The OJCC is projecting an annual increase of about 2% for 2017.

2015-16 2016-17 Change
July 2740 2538 -7%
August 2529 2936 16%
September 2625 2650 1%
October 2744 2406 -12%
November 2330 2509 8%
December 2354 2400 2%
January 2363 2487 5%
February 2600 2378 -9%
March 2739
April 2579
May 2638
June 2937
2598 2538

These projections are based upon the best information available, but are subject to change depending upon the potential filings volumes of the five months remaining in this fiscal year.