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Morgan & Morgan chimes in on worker’s comp rulings

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The Morgan & Morgan law firm’s blog has opined on the state Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the state’s worker’s compensation law, calling it a “victory” for workers.

An unsigned post appeared Monday; it was tweeted Tuesday.

The firm, led by famed Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, has a bustling practice in worker’s comp applications and appeals. States mandate worker’s comp systems to pay workers who get hurt on the job.

Last month, the Castellanos v. Next Door Company opinion struck down the law’s caps on legal fees as unconstitutional.

And earlier this month, the court’s decision in Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg struck down a section of the law that limits certain payments to injured workers to two years. It instead said such payments should last five years.

“The latest decision is not likely to cause as big of a stir, but will still affect businesses and its employees,” the blog post said. “For workers, this ruling is another victory.

“Not only does it make them eligible for more benefits so that no coverage gap ever develops, but it continues to underscore the bigger problems with Florida’s workers’ compensation system,” it added. “Those will have to be addressed by the Florida legislature, though, which does not meet again before March 2017.”

The post predicts “a fierce fight between businesses and insurance companies and workers’ and their advocates will surely take place.”

“Until then, a system that largely favors businesses and insurance companies will remain in effect,” it said.

The post then referred readers to another page regarding its workers’ compensation practice.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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