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Case Law Update October 2021
Case Law Updates
Updated 10-8-21 Cabrera v. Kablelink Communications LLC/Sedgwick, ___ So.3d___ (Fla. 1st DCA 10/6/21)Independent Contractor/Construction Industry The DCA affirmed the JCC’s finding that a residential cable installer was not an employee, but an “independent contractor” and not entitled to benefits.  After a serious fall, the claimant sought WC benefits from Kablelink, who denied on the basis of their prior agreement stating he was an independent contractor. The claimant alleged even with that agreement, he was entitled to benefits as an independent... View More
Alvarez v. Ally HR d/b/a/ Matrix One Source / CCMSI / Zurich
HR Law Cases
JCC Weiss (Ft. Myers) (Tim Stanton)(10-6-21)) – Denied attorney fee entitlement. The claimant’s attorney argued fee entitlement for multiple petitions. Prior to the hearing, the E/C stipulated to fees for two PFBs but argued no entitlement for the remaining PFBs. First, the claimant’s attorney argued that he was entitled to a fee for a request for a PCP. The E/C previously authorized MD Now, who transferred care to an orthopedic, and Dr. Rosabal was authorized. The claimant subsequently filed a... View More
Case Law Update September 2021
Case Law Updates
Updated 9-30-21 Harman v. Merchant Transport/CCMSI,  (Fla. 1st DCA 9/15/21)One-Time Change/Reasonable Distance/Right to Choose The DCA affirmed the JCC’s decision to provide an alternate physician to claimant and to preserve the E/C’s right of selection under Fla. Stat. 440.13(2)(f). The claimant requested a one-time change in allergists from Dr. Koutsonikolis to Dr. Tuer. The E/C attempted to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tuer before learning the office no longer accepted “worker’s compensation” and subsequently scheduled an appointment with Dr. Mark,... View More
Taveras v. Valls Group, Inc. / MEMIC
HR Law Cases
JCC Havers (Miami) (Kate Albin)(9-17-21) – Denied all pending claims with prejudice. The claimant worked for the employer for approximately 10 years as a food packer up until her alleged work accident of November 27, 2018, which alleged a repetitive trauma injury to her low back caused by heavy lifting and bending while performing her job duties. The E/C denied compensability of the injury. The claimant was deposed multiple times and testified that she had been to the hospital on... View More