Lawmakers pass disputed workers' compensation bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill that would negate a Florida
Supreme Court ruling and restore a cap on attorneys' fees in
workers' compensation cases is headed for the desk of Gov. Charlie
Crist.

The Senate passed the bill (HB 903) on a 22-16 vote Friday,
effectively trumping the high court's decision last October that
struck down the cap on lawyer fees. The justices ruled attorneys
should be paid reasonably for representing injured workers.

The legislation was hailed by the National Federation of
Independent Business that said it saves small business owners from
higher workers' comp rates.

Trial lawyers, however, argued the bill prevents injured workers
from having the representation needed to fight insurers that refuse
to pay doctor bills.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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