Sir Elec., Inc. v. Borlovan, 90-1895

Decision Date03 June 1991
Docket NumberNo. 90-1895,90-1895
Citation582 So.2d 22
PartiesSIR ELECTRIC, INC. and Northbrook Insurance Company, Appellants/Cross-Appellees, v. Gheorghe BORLOVAN and the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, Division of Workers' Compensation, Appellees/Cross-Appellants. 582 So.2d 22, 16 Fla. L. Week. D1495
CourtFlorida District Court of Appeals

Clifford R. Mermell of Underwood, Gillis & Karcher, P.A., Miami, for appellants/cross-appellees.

The Law Offices of Herb W. Abramson, Miami, The Law Offices of Paul E. Gifford, Miami, and Jerold Feuer, Miami, for appellees/cross-appellants.

SMITH, Judge.

In this appeal of a workers' compensation order, the E/C contest the award of attendant care benefits, and the award of attorney's fees based upon the present value of projected future attendant care benefits for the remainder of claimant's expected life. We find no error.

The need for attendant care was fully substantiated by the testimony of Dr. Morariu, claimant's attending physician. The judge of compensation claims (JCC) was not required to accept the equivocal testimony of the psychologist presented by the E/C, who testified that the claimant did not seem to need such services when she saw him, but observed, further: "But, of course, I was not at home when he dressed that morning." The psychiatrist presented by the E/C, Dr. Pinosky, did not specifically mention attendant care benefits in his reports after examination of the claimant, but in his later testimony, did state his opinion that for the claimant to have too many things done for him would be a "psychological disincentive" for him to rehabilitate himself, and that in his opinion claimant should not have attendant care. Admittedly, however, he had not seen the claimant since June 7, 1988, while the attending physician, Dr. Morariu, had followed the claimant since that date and testified not only to his need for attendant care benefits as of that time, but that the claimant's condition continued to worsen.

As for the award of attorney's fees based upon the receipt of attendant care benefits for the remainder of claimant's life expectancy, we find that the testimony of Dr. Morariu again supports this award. It is clear from the evidence that the claimant sustained permanent brain damage and is incapable of working, and that his condition is worsening. There was no error in the use of claimant's life expectancy in determining the value of attendant care benefits for the purposes of the attorney fee award. M. Serra Corporation v. Garcia, 426 So.2d 1118 (Fla. 1st DCA 1983).

With respect to the E/C's contention that the recently enacted statutory cap on attorney's fees should apply, 1 we note that the E/C cite no...

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  • Foliage Design Systems, Inc. v. Fernandez
    • United States
    • Florida District Court of Appeals
    • November 13, 1991
    ...on any date more than 5 years after the date the claim is filed." (e.s.) The recent decision of this court in Sir Electric, Inc. v. Borlovan, 582 So.2d 22 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991), affirmed the same ruling. The opinion references "the recently enacted statutory cap on attorney's fees" and the ar......
  • Antunez v. Whitfield, No. 4D06-4420 (Fla. App. 1/2/2008)
    • United States
    • Florida District Court of Appeals
    • January 2, 2008
    ...that placed a ceiling for computation of attorney's fees is substantive and cannot be applied retroactively); Sir Electric, Inc. v. Borlovan, 582 So. 2d 22, 23 (Fla. 1st DCA 1989) ("statutory amendment changing the measure of attorney's fees is substantive, and cannot be applied retroactive......
  • Antunez v. Whitfield
    • United States
    • Florida District Court of Appeals
    • April 16, 2008
    ...that placed a ceiling for computation of attorney's fees is substantive and cannot be applied retroactively); Sir Elec., Inc. v. Borlovan, 582 So.2d 22, 23 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991) ("[S]tatutory amendment changing the measure of attorney's fees is substantive, and cannot be applied retroactively......
  • Paulk v. School Bd. of Palm Beach County
    • United States
    • Florida District Court of Appeals
    • March 10, 1993
    ...to extend the rulings in Foliage Design Systems, Inc. v. Fernandez, 589 So.2d 389 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991), and Sir Electric, Inc. v. Borlovan, 582 So.2d 22 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991), to the circumstances of this case. Those decisions, which involved a statutory limit on the measure of attorney's fees......

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