Insurers Express Disappointment in Today’s Workers Compensation Ruling

Tallahassee, FL-Today, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the in the anticipated Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg Case where plaintiffs claim that the state’s 104 week cap on temporary total disability benefits unconstitutional. The following statement can be attributed to Logan McFaddin, regional manager for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).

“PCI and our members are disappointed in today’s decision as it could significantly hurt the Florida business community.

“The Florida workers compensation system provides essential benefits to injured workers in a timely, efficient, and economically sound manner and the wage-replacement benefit system balances the interests of employees and employers. We continue to support the 2003 Florida workers compensation reforms that were put in place to protect the interests of employees, as well as help control costs for business owners.

“It’s important that the legal framework for accommodating the medical needs and replacement income for employees is preserved, while fostering a healthy marketplace for job creators in the state of Florida.”

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PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write more than $183 billion in annual premium, 35 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance. Member companies write 42 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 27 percent of the homeowners market, 32 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 34 percent of the private workers compensation market.

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It’s important that the legal framework for accommodating the medical needs and replacement income for employees is preserved, while fostering a healthy marketplace for job creators in the state of Florida
Logan McFaddin