Prior to Senate Bill 50A, workers' compensation attorneys could ask to be awarded hourly fees assessed against the insurance company. Now, Florida lawyers are limited to small percentage fees.
"In order for Senate Bill 50A to be ruled unconstitutional, it is critical that Floridians realize this restrictive legislation has consequences for every worker in Florida," said Parets.
Take the case of Legna Ramos. While she was working, a machine crushed her hands. They had to be amputated, leaving her only with a thumb on each hand. During her ordeal, Ramos' insurance company denied her attendant care for 17 months. Presently, the insurance company will not pay for reconstructive surgery, claiming it would be "cosmetic" surgery. Ramos' condition has left her without the ability to accomplish everyday tasks that most of us take for granted.
"I can't dress myself, I can't cook, I can't play with my kids or brush my daughter's hair," said Ramos as she fights back the tears.
"There are countless cases in Florida like that of Legna Ramos," said Parets. "Until Floridians come forward, take a stand and fight for their rights, there will be countless more people like Legna Ramos in the future. We cannot allow this injustice to continue."
There is something that Floridians can do to get more informed about the 2003 Workers' Compensation Act. Go to http://www.floridaworkers.org and watch "CRISIS, The State of Workers' Compensation in Florida" directly from the website. You may also request the free CRISIS DVD by calling (850) 562-9675.
Florida Workers' Advocates (FWA) is an organization of civil justice attorneys representing injured workers in Florida. Our member attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers. FWA serves as the primary advocate on a range of issues affecting injured workers and their families.
|SOURCE Florida Workers' Advocates|
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