The website of
Advocacy Group for Injured Workers
Mary Bailey, President
Voices, Inc. is a support group for those suffering
through the workers compensation system in Florida and nationwide.
--Founded by Beverly Haire in 1996--
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Take some time and browse, especially the LINKS page.
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About VOICES, Inc.
Online VOICES membership application
VOICES membership application (.doc)
Direct Support Network - financial contributions
California VOICES B.E.S.T.
Advocacy - Talking To Lawmakers Page
INC. CALLS ON GOVERNOR CRIST TO VETO HB 903.
We are disappointed that he failed to do so.
injured workers of this state need your help. The workers compensation
system in this state is already inadequate. To think
you would allow our state legislature go against a Florida Supreme
Court Ruling seems to me incomprehensible. Our legislature has
thumbed their nose at the Supreme Court with HB 903. While this
bill may stand up for a short period of time in you don't veto
it, we all know it will be once again overturned and ruled unconstitutional
by The Florida Supreme Court. In the mean time the only people
who get hurt are once again the workers of this state.
It is not fair to allow the insurance industry unlimited resources
to defend against legitimate claims while restricting the claimants
attorneys to the small fee the legislature has designed to make
it harder for claimants to get adequate representation.
Everything in the comp system is slanted to benefit the insurer
and make a very unfair playing field for injured workers.
It can be shown in the DWC study that as soon as the 2003 law
went into affect that denials by the carrier went dramatically
up. We all know this was because carriers knew injured workers
would not be able to find adequate counsel. And many injured workers
could not find adequate counsel during this time.
VOICES Inc., asks you to seriously consider the consequences for
injured workers of this state, if you don't veto this bill. Please
help us. It seems no one else will.
Inc. offers its condolences to the family of Sen. Jim King, one
of the good guys, who left us too soon.
Injured workers of Florida
- HEADS UP!!
Getting the run-around
from your carrier??
toll free line (1-800-342-1741)
EAO email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
provide for assistance to injured workers through the EAO.
services provided are free.
The EAO is a part of state government and is in NO way connected
with any insurance agency.
It is an impartial state agency staffed by state employees, dedicated
to help injured workers with questions and disputes regarding the
workers comp system.
can do such things as assist you with a Petition
For Benefits, with getting doctor appointments
including specialists, as well as getting indemnity
pay, transportation, attendant or home home health
care, and any other type benefit provided for under
EAO has become very effective in getting these types
of benefits, but
the EAO is unable to get legitimate benefits that are
due under the law, then the injured worker's only recourse
is to get an attorney.
options for finding legal assistance may be seen
on the links page
of this site.
Remember the name of the person you call at EAO
and try to deal with the same person each time
Listen to We
Are The Voices,
composed and performed by Richard Berman, Esq.
Many thanks for his contributions to and his heart for VOICES
Brief on Effects of SB 50A (2003 Workers Comp Legislative "Reform" Bill)
The Division of Workers' Compensation is
pleased to announce the publication of its first research brief.
brief focuses on the effects of the changes to the compensability requirements
in SB 50A, which was the 2003 workers' compensation legislative reform bill.
issue future research briefs on some of the key provisions in SB 50A to determine
their effect on Florida's workers' compensation system.
The compensability research brief can be accessed
at the following link:
to Legislature about SB 2072 - Mary Bailey
Letter to Legislature about SB 2072 - Mary Bailey
Benefits - Equal Representation? - Mary Bailey
Please Veto SB 2072 -
Mary Bailey (see first article on this page)
me something I haven't heard before - letter to legislators
Repeal SB 50 A (2003)
- letter to legislators
We Can't Wait - letter to legislators
SB 2416 - The Comp Bill offered by VOICES
Talking Points 2009
Carriers Win; Workers
Lose - a reality check
SB 2416 - The Comp Bill offered by VOICES
Your Claim and the Medicare Set-Aside
To Expect At A Deposition
To Know When You're In The Comp System
Florida statutes on workers comp - Chapter
section - 440.13
of SB 50A,
2003 Florida's Workers Compensation Bill -
an astoundingly bad piece of legislation
(except for the insurance industry)
Can We Do To Cause Change?
Comments from Mary Bailey
Misconceptions About Comp
ideas about injured workers or the system
You Do In The Name Of Insurance
An open letter to lawmakers which spells out the costs that Florida
law will not allow to be recouped, thanks to Exclusive Remedy
DFS Fines Workers' Comp Carriers,
Self-Insured Plans More than $875,000 for Violations July 04
is the Human Cost?
essay by Mary Bailey
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