$15, how would you like to be paid $1.53 an hour


Thanks to then

“Governor Jeb Bush!”

read on.

$1.53 an hour for lawyer fees?

Not in Florida, court says

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I always wondered why while up in Connecticut the insurance companies did everything that they could not to go back in front of the “Workman’s Compensation Commissioners.”

Because it always cost them a lot more money!”

While coming to Florida, the insurance company ignored me, the state and all attorneys said, “Go away!”

Still asking, is there anything in “Florida, not corrupted?”



Gov. Rick Scott’s office said it is reviewing the decision.


The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law limiting lawyer fees in workers’ compensation cases

on Thursday,

saying the $1.53 hourly rate a lawyer was paid to help an injured worker was

“absurdly low.”

The decision is a victory for injured workers who have struggled to get lawyers to help them


the fee system created by then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2003

makes their cases not worth representing.

The case involved a man who successfully sued a Miami door manufacturer over an on-the-job injury.

His lawyer was paid $164.54 for more than 100 hours of work.

The Supreme Court said the fee limits are unconstitutional

because they resulted in a system where people can’t find lawyers to represent them at unreasonably low rates.

The law based lawyer fees on a percentage of the amount of money won in a claim,

so if an injured worker had a $5,000 claim, lawyers knew that they could receive no more than $1,000.

So while the $5,000 could be important to someone earning $10 an hour

and trying to pay bills, lawyers don’t want to take cases where their fee is driving down

to the equivalent of $10 an hour or less,

said Michael Winer,

who chairs the Workers Compensation Section of The Florida Bar.

“People who were injured on the job and stuck in the workers’ comp system lost the ability to pay lawyers,”

he said.

“I have had very difficult discussions with a lot of injured workers who had valid claims, and said, ‘Look, the juice here, unfortunately, just isn’t worth the squeeze. I might have to spend 50 to 70 hours on your case.'”

It also led to insurance companies denying legitimate claims knowing that injured workers wouldn’t be able to fight the decision,

Winer said.

“They deny the claim, and if the claimant can’t get a lawyer, he goes away and he makes it somebody else’s problem. That problem might be Medicaid’s problem, that problem might be a county hospital that never gets reimbursed,”

Winer said.

“It’s the grand passing of the buck.”

Business groups immediately criticized the decision, saying it’s going to drive up employers’ costs.

“Most people have probably forgotten how runaway workers’ compensation costs nearly caused Florida’s economy to seize up and stop before the 2003 reforms. Well, now we’re about to remember,” said William Large, president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute, a group created by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The law was a high priority for Bush, who made it part of a special legislative session. He said at the time that the rising cost of workers’ compensation insurance was making it unaffordable and in some cases unavailable.

The decision could lead to higher workers compensation rates, Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said in an emailed statement.

“Limiting attorney’s fees has been an important factor in reducing workers’ compensation rates. A legislative remedy will be required to prevent significant increases in rates and we look forward to working with all parties affected to bring about a sensible solution,” McCarty said.

Gov. Rick Scott’s office said it is reviewing the decision.


Florida Attorney Steve Medina has been working on a case, pro bono, to expose the environmental corruption which has been taking place in Tallahassee and Putnam County, Florida. Tons of toxic waste is being dumped into St. Johns River, daily, by the Koch Brothers company, Georgia-Pacific. Aspects of the deal allowing Georgia Pacific to massively assault the environment, were misleading, sometimes illegal, and unbeknownst to the local citizens. Florida Governor Rick Scott and

former Governor

(and Republican presidential hopeful),

Jeb Bush, are also involved.


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