Contractor Can Assert Workers' Comp Immunity: Florida Court


A Florida appeals court said Wednesday that highway maintenance contractor VMS Inc. could assert workers' compensation immunity in a negligence suit filed by a sub-subcontractor's employee because VMS had fulfilled its statutory duty by securing coverage for its subcontractor. Florida's Third District Court of Appeal reversed a lower court's partial summary judgment ruling that said VMS was estopped from asserting workers' compensation immunity because it had not reported the incident to its compensation carrier.

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