James Miner v. Sunbelt Rentals and Travelers Insurance, Charter Oak Fire Insurance Co.

In James Miner v. Sunbelt Rentals and Travelers Insurance, Charter Oak Fire Insurance Co. prior to the attorney fee amount hearing, the parties stipulated to a reasonable hourly rate of $350. The final compensation order both granted and denied benefits, so fee entitlement was limited. The JCC observed it was claimant’s burden of demonstrating those hours which were reasonably incurred in relation to the benefits secured. Claimant’s time affidavit reflected 157.50 hours, while the E/C countered only 83.50 were proper. After review of the evidence, the JCC determined 137 hours were reasonable and related to the benefits awarded. Claimant attorney fees AWARDED in the sum of $47,950.00.

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