According to the Miami Herald on December 1, 2015, a Florida Supreme Court case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s workers-compensation insurance system is drawing heavy interest from legal, public safety and insurance industry groups. Many groups have been approved to file amicus briefs in the case, which the Supreme Court agreed last month to hear. The case involves injuries suffered in December 2003 by a nurse at Hialeah Hospital, who hurt his back lifting a patient.
The dispute focuses on a move by the legislature in 2003 to eliminate a type of benefits for partial disability. Since agreeing to hear the case, the Supreme Court has repeatedly issued orders allowing outside groups to file briefs. The latest came Monday, when it accepted a request from the Florida Insurance Council, the American Insurance Association, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. These groups will file briefs on behalf of Hialeah Hospital. As we learn more developments in this important legal case, we will post them here.