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Workmen's Compensation Acts: Industrial Commission May Not Order Attorney to Pay Medical Witness' Fee.—
The state industrial commission of Oklahoma ordered a certain fee to be paid to a claimant's attorney and directed the attorney to pay, out of this sum, the witness fee of the physician who testified for the claimant in the case. It was contended that the commission erred in ordering the attorney to pay this witness fee. We regard this contention as serious, said the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. Attorneys are permitted to practice before the state industrial commission. Their fees must be approved by the commission before they become a lien on the compensation awarded. Attorneys should be accorded the same fair consideration in fixing the amount of their fees for appearing and conducting litigation before that body as they usually receive before any other tribunal, considering the amount of legal work done and the
Medicolegal. JAMA. 1934;102(22):1878. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750220056036