A recent Florida Supreme Court decision challenges a prior "cap" on attorney fees in workers' compensation cases in Florida. The Court held that an attorney representing an injured worker has a right to a "reasonable" fee. Special interest groups succeeded in previous years in passing Florida legislation that "caps" attorney fees in workers' compensation claims under the guise that the measure would reduce premiums and benefit everyone. Unfortunately, the Florida general public was not informed that their basic legal rights would subsequently be denied by the insurance companies, and they would have no legal recourse because they would be unable to obtain legal counsel for representation due to the "cap".
The N.C. general public is largely unaware that the insurance industry has repeatedly tried to pass legislation in N.C. to take aware its legal remedies. Such measures would include limits on recoveries in claims and likewise "cap" legal fees resulting in the inability to obtain an attorney. The lesson of the circumstances in Florida (and many other states) is that you must be careful when casting your vote to ensure you are aware what the politician truly supports/represents. Furthermore, if you or a loved one is injured, you must seek appropriate legal representation to protect your legal rights.