- Florida Statutes Definitions Index (2022) [PDF]
- General Laws Conversion Table (2022) [PDF]
- Preface to the Florida Statutes (2022) [PDF]
- Table of Section Changes (2022) [PDF]
- Table Tracing Session Laws to Florida Statutes (2022) [PDF]
- Index to Special and Local Laws (1971-2022) [PDF]
- Index to Special and Local Laws (1845-1970) [PDF]
- Statute Search Tips
1998 Florida Statutes
Procedure for resolving maximum medical improvement or permanent impairment disputes.
440.1925 Procedure for resolving maximum medical improvement or permanent impairment disputes.--
(1) Notwithstanding the limitations on carrier independent medical examinations in s. 440.13, an employee or carrier who wishes to obtain an opinion other than the opinion of the treating physician or a division advisor on the issue of permanent impairment may obtain one independent medical examination, except that the employee or carrier who selects the treating physician is not entitled to obtain an alternate opinion on the issue of permanent impairment, unless the parties otherwise agree. This section and s. 440.13(2) do not permit an employee or a carrier to obtain an additional medical opinion on the issue of permanent impairment by requesting an alternate treating physician pursuant to s. 440.13.
(2) A dispute as to the date of maximum medical improvement or degree of permanent impairment which is not subject to dispute resolution according to rules promulgated pursuant to s. 440.134 shall be resolved according to the procedure set out in this section.
(3) Disputes shall be resolved under this section when:
(a) A carrier that is entitled to obtain a determination of an employee's date of maximum medical improvement or permanent impairment has done so;
(b) The independent medical examiner's opinion on the date of the employee's maximum medical improvement and degree or permanent impairment differs from the opinion of the employee's treating physician on either of those issues, or from the opinion of the expert medical advisor appointed by the division on the degree of permanent impairment; or
(c) The carrier denies any portion of an employee's claim petition for benefits due to disputed maximum medical improvement or permanent impairment issues.
(4) Only opinions of the employee's treating physician, a division medical advisor, or an independent medical examiner are admissible in proceedings before a judge of compensation claims to resolve maximum medical improvement or impairment disputes.
(5) The judge of compensation claims shall first resolve any dispute concerning the date on which the employee reached maximum medical improvement. The judge shall then determine the degree of the employee's permanent impairment, which shall be either the highest or lowest estimate of permanent impairment which is in evidence before the judge of compensation claims.
History.--s. 108, ch. 93-415.