Legal fees increase in workers' comp system


Injured workers racked up nearly $186 million in approved legal fees in 2016-2017, a 36 percent increase from the previous year, a state report on the workers' compensation insurance system shows.

In all, attorneys' fees in the workers compensation system totaled nearly $440 million during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The majority -- nearly $254 million -- were forked out by employers defending workers' compensation claims.

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