Improve Employee Representation under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 by Amending the Laws Governing Attorney's Fees

Last updated: May 6, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Troy Jackson, Senate 35 - York County
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1623

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: Senator Jackson recommended they vote the bill Ought Not to Pass. Committee complied. No reason given by Senator Jackson for the withdrawal. Bill is dead.

Summary:

This bill amends the law governing attorney's fees under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. The bill:

1. Requires employers to pay reasonable costs and attorney's fees if the employee prevails on a disputed petition for payment of medical and related expenses or if the employee prevails in an appeal that is decided by the Appellate Division or by the Law Court; and

2. Removes language governing the specific computation of attorney's fees for lump-sum settlements.