The Oregon Workers & # 39; Compensation Division is now establishing a procedure for assessing legal costs when temporary disability benefits are obtained upon reconsideration, as required by a recent decision of the Court of Appeal.
On September 15, the State Court of Appeal published its decision in Dancingbear v. SAIF Corp . claims that the plaintiffs' lawyers are entitled to the award of taxed fees if they receive temporary invalidity benefits for injured workers during review proceedings.
The division said it wanted input from stakeholders, especially lawyers who have had cases on the issue. fees, on how to structure the process of assessing fees to comply with the decision. It will hold a virtual public hearing on October 8
"The meeting is intended to be a preliminary call," the division said. "While the outcome of the conversation may be future rules, rules are not the main focus of this meeting."
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