In my workers comp hearing is the judge supposed to hire the interpreter or is my attorney responsible for that? If i do not win my hearing can i file an appeal myself? I do not think my lawyer is a professional in this field and i do not trust him.
Try not to worry about who has to hire an interpreter at this point. The main thing is that if you need one, you should put this down in writing to your lawyer. You can always appeal your case yourself, but if you are not happy with your lawyer you should communicate that in writing. If that doesn't help your situation, you should ask for an adjournment and find a new lawyer.
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Dear Madam or ?Sir in Baiting Hollow:
At a Hearing, the Board will furnish an interpreter (on the speakerphone) for any language. Most Judges will only use the interpreter for when you testify but not to interpret the entire proceedings.
You didn't mention the name of your lawyer, so we cannot tell if he specializes in Workers' Compensation Law. He is there to know what is going on and to explain it to you afterwards, perhaps with the assistance of a family member or friend to translate.
If you disagree with the Judge's decision, there is 30 days for an Appeal to be filed with the Board from the fliing date on the Notice of Decision. It is your lawyer's job to write and file the appeal.
If your lawyer does not specialize in Workers' Compensation law, then get someone who does. If he does handle workers' compensation claims regularly, then why don't you trust him?
The foregoing is based on the little information provided; additional facts may change the comments given.
For hearings, the Workers Comp Board has a service that calls in for the hearings with an interpreter. This needs to be arranged before the hearing.
And yes, you can file an appeal on your own.
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