The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review the Stahl challenge of the constitutionality of Florida’s workers compensation system in a case on which the state Supreme Court declined to rule. Miami attorney Mark Zientz petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a writ of certiorari in Daniel Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital. The case questions whether Florida’s workers comp system is an adequate exclusive remedy for injured workers following changes that eliminated permanent partial disability benefits. Despite originally accepting jurisdiction, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously decided not to review the case in April. The Florida Supreme Court did not explain its decision, which effectively upheld last year’s ruling by Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. The appellate court upheld the validity of the state’s workers comp law for both issues under debate: specifically the 1994 addition of a $10 copayment for medical visits after an injured worker attains maximum medical improvement, and the 2003 elimination of permanent partial disability benefits.
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