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Comp claimants attorney improperly awarded legal fee ‘multiplier’: Court


April 19, 2024

 

 

A trial judge improperly applied a contingency fee multiplier that resulted in increased attorneys fees awarded to a claimant’s lawyer in a workers compensation case, a Florida appellate court ruled Friday.

 

 The District Court of Appeal of Florida reversed a lower court decision that had awarded $14,310 in claimants legal fees in a lawsuit brought by Carlos Vargas IV against Foot & Ankle Center of Florida LLC.

  

Mr. Vargas, a workers comp claimant, sued over claims that the center placed an illegitimate lien on his workers comp settlement proceeds after a center physician treated him for a work related injury. Mr. Vargas was later granted summary judgment on his claims.

 

 

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