The issue pertained to an advance in a Florida workers’ compensation claim. The Florida Workers’ Compensation Act permits advances of payment of compensation. Under Florida Statute 440.20(12)(c), a work comp claimant may be awarded an advance in the event the claimant has not returned to the same or equivalent employment with no substantial reduction in wages or has suffered a substantial loss of earning capacity or a physical impairment, actual or apparent. The statute further statues that an advance payment of compensation not in excess of $2,000 may be ordered by any judge of compensation claims after giving due consideration to the interests of the person entitled thereto.
The workers’ compensation judge ruled that Attorneys Lorrie Robinson and Matthew Noyes‘ client was entitled to an advance of $2,000.00. The workers’ compensation carrier appealed that ruling claiming that the Judge was in error because compensability was being denied in the workers’ compensation claim. However, the appellate court agreed with Attorneys Lorrie Robinson and Matthew Noyes and the workers compensation judge and found that the client was entitled to the $2000 advance.
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