Since the Florida Legislature "reformed" workers' compensation benefits in 2003, injured workers continue to see a decline in benefits provided. The insurance carriers are denying more benefits and sometimes entire claims, knowing that there is little risk to them. Attorney fees that a carrier might pay if it loses before a Judge of Compensation Claims, are minimal. Further, the carriers now have virtually 100% control over the selection of physicians. This often results in assignment of physicians willing to assist the needs of the insurance carrier, rather than the injured worker.
These significant changes in the law have resulted in excessive profits for the workers' compensation industry. Attorney Randy Zeldin was featured in an article in the Orlando Business News, in which he cited falling benefits as the basis for increased profit margins.