In Perry v. City of St. Petersburg, an employee who was purportedly injured at work filed a workers’ compensation claim. In her request, the woman sought benefits related to the medical care she required following the on-the-job incident. At a hearing on the matter, a Judge of Compensation Claims (“JCC”) denied the woman’s request to admit the expert opinion of her employer’s independent doctor. In response, the worker sought to challenge the JCC’s denial under Section 90.702 of the Florida Statutes.
According to Section 90.702, technical, scientific, or other expert testimony may be admitted as evidence if it is based on sufficient facts and utilizes reliable methods. The JCC responded by ruling that he was not obligated to address the woman’s evidentiary challenge. After that, the worker filed an appeal with Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.