The National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. said it has filed for an 8.9 percent rate increase in Florida workers’ compensation insurance rates to account for an expected jump in legal costs since the State Supreme Court ruling giving judges greater leeway in awarding attorneys’ fees.

Submitted Friday, the NCCI’s filing calls for the 8.9 percent rate increase to take effect March 1. NCCI had already made an earlier filing, which called for an 18.1 percent rate reduction, set to take effect on the first of January.

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