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  1. #1
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    Default How Do Award and Stips Work After Trial

    I do not have an atty, my trial ended and I recently received the award & stips in the mail.
    The judge awarded me future med, self procured med and attorney fees.
    I don't really know what to do to collect. I suppose I tally my self procured meds and submit a bill, then tally my time spent on the case as pro tem and send a bill. I don't expect to see anything. I'm surprised and glad the judge was so generous.
    Any advice on how to collect would be much appreciated.

    Also, for anyone who may remember my last post... the trail judge did not agree with the judge that ordered the bone scan and the trial judge did not agree with that judge as far as sanctioning me for not getting the scan. I was also glad to see he denied payment of $13K to the attorney that I discharged and only agreed to pay that atty $400.

    Thanks to all of you for your input on this most valuable message board!

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Trial Over,questions About Award and Stips

    The judge awarded me future med, self procured med ...I tally my self procured meds and submit a bill,
    That's right. Sumbit with receipts.

    and attorney fees.... then tally my time spent on the case as pro tem and send a bill. I don't expect to see anything. I'm surprised and glad the judge was so generous.
    Any advice on how to collect would be much appreciated.
    No.... you are not entitled to atty fees for representing yourself. Never. The atty you had is entitled to fees for work performed.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Trial Over,questions About Award and Stips

    workers comp law allows workers to represent themselves. if you are not an atty, then you shouldn't be allowed atty fees.
    if there are atty fees awarded, they are paid out of the injured's benefits.
    but if you want to pay yourself, go ahead.
    prior attys have to be paid as well.
    any collection issues have to be taken back to the comp court for resolution.

    any award has the right to be appealed by either party.
    collection efforts should await the expiration of the appeal period.

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