Governor Crist Signs Workers’ Compensation Attorney’s Fee Bill

May 29, 2009

Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 903 relating to Attorney’s Fees in Workers’ Compensation Cases today, May 29, 2009.

With an effective date of July 1, 2009, HB 903 amends s. 440.34, F.S., to remove all statutory language providing for a “reasonable” attorney’s fee in workers’ compensation cases and specifies that fee awards cannot exceed the amount authorized by a statutory attorney’s fee schedule.  Thus, claimants’ attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation cases would be calculated in the manner they had been from the effective date of 2003 Florida workers’ compensation reform legislation, up to the 2008 Florida Supreme Court decision in Murray v. Mariner Health.  

To view complete bill information, click here.


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