LMA NEWSLETTER May 21, 2018

Phases of Living

This past weekend, we woke up early enough to witness the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – a truly joyous ceremony of unity and love which transcended differences and emphasized the power of respecting diversity across cultures. We also attended a 500 person celebration of life for a 56 year old cousin who …

Average Cost of Workers’ Comp Claims Rising in Florida

Still in line with other states, for now

A new study out by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) shows the average cost of workers’ compensation claims in Florida grew moderately between 2011 and 2016, up 3.7%.  That’s in the middle compared to the other 17 states in the study, which collectively saw an average …

Model Cybersecurity Law Passed in South Carolina

Other states, including Florida with $110 million in losses, urged to follow

Another cost driver in the workplace – and growing larger each year – is the expense of dealing with cybercrime, both before and after cyberattacks.  There have been two major breaches of health insurance information in recent years (Anthem and Premera Blue Cross) …

Court Rules Multiple Assignment of Benefits Okay

Meanwhile, effort underway to keep OIR data call details private

During our ongoing discussions and advocacy on the critical need to reform Florida’s Assignment of Benefits (AOB) practices, we often focus on the abuse by certain law firms and third-party vendors, taking advantage of the state’s one-way attorney fees statute, to inflate claims.  But we’re …

Florida’s $616 million Spending Plan for post-Irma Recovery

Report notes that $65 million in flooded housing assistance was unmet

Governor Scott announced last week how Florida is planning to spend the $616 million received from the federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program as part of its long-term recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma.  In a roundabout way, the Governor’s plan …

Revising Florida’s State Constitution

Amendment 6 Creates Rights for Crime Victims

(Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series on the 13 proposed state constitutional amendments that will appear on this November’s ballot for Florida voters to consider.)

Amendment 6 is actually three proposals in one amendment.  It would revise and establish new rights for crime victims, based …

Bondi v. Opioid Drug Companies

Unfair, deceptive trade practices and racketeering alleged

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi did last week what she’d been threatening to do for the past six months: sue big pharma for the thousands of deaths each year in Florida she has proclaimed are part of a state and national opioid crisis.  Bondi filed a civil lawsuit …

Working Together Into Hurricane Season

Over the past couple of weeks, I read stories about how the Florida regulators were sending a team of its own to Puerto Rico to assist with all things post-disaster and that former insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty provided some lessons learned in his years during post-disasters as a regulator, including his timely reminder that we …