In neighboring news:

The Florida Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims (OJCC) is set to publish its annual report this week, according to the blog of Deputy Chief Judge David Langham. Langham, in a post on Florida Workers’ Comp Adjudication, explains that the OJCC’s e-filing system is continuing to save the state money, while pending comp challenges in the state’s Supreme Court remain a key element to watch. Langham writes, “Petition filing and new case filing were each up slightly last year. There are those who see this as a result of hopes pinned to Castellanos v. Next Door Company. Others contend that the economy is rebounding, and naturally there is more employment and perhaps that naturally means more injuries.  We had 60,021 petitions for benefits filed in 2014-15 (the State is on fiscal years that run from July 1st through June 30th). That is up about 1.2 percent from 2014, when we had 59,292.”

Read the entire post here.

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