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Appellate Court Defines 'Specialty' in Workers' Comp Law Governing One-Time Physician Changes


A state appeals court has clarified the meaning of “specialty” for the purposes of one-time physician changes under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Law, adopting a broader reading of the term than the lower court judge employed.


Judge Stephanie W. Ray of the Florida First District Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a decision by a compensation claims judge that allowed an employee to switch her covered care to a physician of her choice, finding that the carrier’s authorization complied with state law.


The plaintiff, an employee of B&A Gourmet Foods, sustained a “crush injury” to her left index finger while operating a food press, and was later treated at the Miami Hand Center by Dr. Raul Cortes.


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