Florida Workers Compensation Case Draws Heavy Attention


A Florida Supreme Court case challenging the constitutionality of the state's workers-compensation insurance system is drawing heavy interest from legal, public-safety and insurance-industry groups.

At least 16 groups have been approved to file friend-of the-court briefs in the case, which the Supreme Court agreed last month to hear, according to an online docket. The case involves injuries suffered in December 2003 by Daniel Stahl, a nurse at Hialeah Hospital who hurt his back lifting a patient. In part, the legal dispute has centered on a move by lawmakers in 2003 to eliminate a type of benefits for partial disability.
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