TALLAHASSEE — Florida is spending $100 million a year to pay claims from injured state workers and the amount could go higher.
A Department of Financial Services official told a House panel Thursday that there’s nearly $1 billion in pending claims against the state, most from claims by injured workers or those claiming employment discrimination.
In the last six months of 2008, Florida paid nearly $48 million to state workers, including $13.4 million to employees in the Department of Corrections and $6.3 million to the workers from the Department of Children and Families.
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink asked lawmakers for $500,000 to hire more workers to find ways to prevent claims and help get injured employees treatment more quickly.
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