Florida workers comp reform bills hit dead end

The Florida Senate adjourned Friday without passing either of the workers compensation reform bills addressing 2016 Florida Supreme Court decisions in Bradley Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg and Marvin Castellanos v. Next Door Co. et al.

House Bill 7085 would have extended total combined temporary wage replacement benefits from 104 weeks to 260 weeks, capped attorney fees at $150 an hour and allowed a Judge of Compensation Claims to award an hourly fee different from the statutory percentage-based attorney fee schedule. Senate Bill 1582 would have increased the time limit on temporary partial disability and temporary total disability benefits from 104 weeks to 260 weeks and capped attorney fees at $250 an hour.

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