Case No. 1D00-4762District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District.
Opinion filed July 20, 2001.
An appeal from an order of the Judge of Compensation Claims, Honorable John P. Thurman, Judge.
Susan J. Anger, Esquire, LORE ANGER, P.A., Winter Park, for Appellants.
Mark G. Capron, Esquire, SMITH, FEDDLER, SMITH MILES, P.A.; Susan W. Fox, Esquire and Brendan M. Lee, Esquire, MACFARLANE, FERGUSON
McCULLEN, Tampa, for Appellees.
We affirm the JCC’s ruling that Florida has jurisdiction to determine the compensability of claimant’s out-of-state industrial injury because the employment contract
was made in Florida. See § 440.09(1)(d), Fla. Stat. (1997); Miller Contracting Co. of Ohio v. Hutto, 156 So.2d 745
In Miller, the Florida Supreme Court concluded under very similar facts that although the claimant worked at different times and at various out-of-state job sites, his employment relationship with Miller Contracting Company was continual. The Court concluded that the claimant’s employment contract was made in Florida because the claimant initially accepted Miller Contracting Company’s offer of employment in Florida. Thus, the Court held that Florida had jurisdiction to determine the claimant’s industrial injury he sustained while working in Georgia. 156 So.2d at 747.
Similarly in this case, the claimant’s employment relationship with Appellant, Cannon Sline, Inc., was continuous from the time he accepted the initial offer of employment in 1995 at his Florida home. Cannon Sline considered the claimant to be a continuing employee and the claimant did not work for any other company.
ERVIN, KAHN and POLSTON, JJ., concur.