Calif. High Court Denies Fees In Workers' Comp Suits

Law360, New York (May 12, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Reversing a state appeals court's opinion, the California Supreme Court has ruled that injured workers who initiate proceedings against insurers for wrongly denied medical treatments are not entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees under the state labor code.

California Labor Code Section 4607 limits the award of attorneys’ fees to cases where an employee successfully thwarts an attempt to terminate medical treatment awarded by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, the state's high court found Monday.

The two consolidated cases under consideration, however, involved disputes where...
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