Fla. Court Strikes Down Atty Fee Rule In Workers' Comp Suits

By Carolina Bolado (April 20, 2016, 10:43 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that a section of the state workers' compensation law limiting how claimants' attorneys can be paid is unconstitutional because it violates workers' guarantees of freedom of speech and association and blocks them from obtaining counsel.

The First District Court of Appeal said the provision stipulating that an attorney can receive a fee based only on a percentage of the award secured for the client violates the free speech rights of City of Edgewater Police Officer Martha Miles, who says she was injured on the job by inhaling methamphetamine fumes.

The potential sum for Miles' counsel...

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