ATTORNEY’S FEE FORM IMPROPERLY FILLED, IMPOSSIBLE FOR APPELLATE REVIEW OF $3000 AWARD.
The Third Department sent the matter back to the Worker’s Compensation Board for a review of the Board’s award of $3000 in attorney’s fees. The Third Department determined that the attorney’s fee form was not properly filled out and there was not enough information in the form to allow appellate review:
Our review of the OC-400.1 form submitted in this case reveals that it is very similar to the form submitted by counsel in Matter of Tenecela v Vrapo Constr. (146 AD3d 1217, 2017 NY Slip Op 00367 ) — a form that the Board ultimately deemed to be inadequate in that case (id. at *2). Specifically, although the form here sets forth the dates upon which services were rendered to claimant and the number of hours allocated thereto, the description of those services is largely indecipherable. More to the point, the form tendered by counsel in this matter appears to allocate “25+” hours to an unspecified date or range of dates, thereby “making impossible any assessment of the services rendered” (id.). Finally, the Board premised its award (in part) upon “the financial status of . . . claimant” but, other than noting a reduction in the loss of wage-earning capacity suffered by claimant, the Board’s decision makes no reference to — and the record sheds no light upon — claimant’s financial status. For these reasons, the Board’s award of counsel fees is incapable of intelligent appellate review, and we remit this matter to the Board for reconsideration thereof … . Matter of Shiqerukaj v Gotham Broad, LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op 01426, 3rd Dept 2-23-17
WORKERS’S COMPENSATION LAW (ATTORNEY’S FEE FORM IMPROPERLY FILLED, IMPOSSIBLE FOR APPELLATE REVIEW OF $3000 AWARD)/ATTORNEYS (WORKER’S COMPENSATION LAW, ATTORNEY’S FEE FORM IMPROPERLY FILLED, IMPOSSIBLE FOR APPELLATE REVIEW OF $3000 AWARD)