Law Office of Ronald Mahurin (Northernworkerscomp.com)
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A
I am a Certified Legal specialist in California workers' compensation. I have an office in Point Arena California.
San Francisco State Unv
William Howard Taft Univ
Certified Legal Specialist Workers Compensation
California Board of Legal Specialization
California Applicant Attorney Association
Activities: Case law updates and MCLE
California State Bar
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Free Consultation The WCAB does not allow attorneys practicing workers compensation to bill clients directly and all attorney fees must be approved by the court. In sum, the applicant has no exposure to pay attorney fees absent an award from the court.
Contingent Fees On occasion I will prosecute a 132a discrimination claim and may request a contingency fee relating to any recovery.
A: I regret to say that your question cannot be answered without more information. The obvious explanation is that defendants are paying a remainder of permanent disability in a lump sum of $3480 and about $16,000 to close out future medical treatment, but again I cannot say without more information.
A: In situations like yours it is best to get an attorney right away. You say you have PTSD. Really? Is that your diagnosis or a physician's. If a physician says PTSD, then you can probably qualify for TTD. If it is your opinion, it's worthless. You will need a medical report establishing your right to wage loss. So again, look for an attorney.
A good place to start is the California Applicant Attorney Association.
A: 1) If the WCJ believes testimony is needed, then there will be a court reporter, otherwise most everything will be done in the WCJ chambers.
2) Yes you have all the rights available with respect to any trial result.
The attorney is entitled to payment Quantum Merit. That means the attorney gets paid for work done. I bill at $425 an hour, so it doesn't take long to generate thousands of dollars in attorney fees, especially with phone calls and emails billing at .2 hr each. You say you fired the attorney "for cause" but that can mean many things. For example, cause would be showing up late for a court date, or dressing improperly, etc. Yes, the attorney got fired, but the attorney is entitled to get paid for all work done up the the time the attorney was fired.
To keep it short, you are not going to convince at WCJ not to award attorney fees. I suggest you bargain with the attorney for a 12% fee and move on with your life.