Sen. Garrett S. Richter (R-Naples), chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, has filed SB 2072, another bill which would overturn the result of the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in Murray v. Mariner Health. The bill is similar though not identical to HB 903.
SB 2072 would:
- Repeal any requirement that either claimant-paid or carrier-paid claimant’s attorney’s fees be “reasonable;”
- Require that either claimant-paid or carrier-paid claimant’s attorney’s fees equal a percentage of “benefits secured” by the attorney;
- Leave intact §440.34(7) which permits the award of a one-time fee not to exceed $1,500 for a “medical benefits only” claim.