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714 FEES, WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO WE COLLECT THEM Part 2

In Part 1 of our look at Virginia Code section 65.2-714(b), which is the source of the mysterious “714 fees” available to claimants’ attorneys under Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Act, we learned what those fees were and what the statute requires in order for the...

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714 FEES, WHAT ARE THEY & HOW DO WE COLLECT THEM? Part 1

My first prolonged exposure to workers’ compensation practice came when I first joined the firm of Chandler, Franklin & O’Bryan (later The Chandler law Group) as a personal injury attorney. My first assignment was in the firm’s Staunton office where I would be the...

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WITNESS CREDIBILITY – Part 3

Recently, a difference of opinion has developed among the Commissioners as to how explicit and extensive a Deputy’s findings of credibility need to be in order to be entitled to this deferral process.  How do the two positions represented on the full Commission...

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CREDIBILITY OF WITNESSES To Defer or not To Defer (Part 2)

In my previous post, I told you that we would take a look at how the full Commissioners of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission deal with factual determinations made by the Deputy Commissioners at the evidentiary hearing stage.  Since the Deputy Commissioners...

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