Limin Wang's WC Case: Objection to BCF’s fee application of beyond the $500
June 12, 2019
by Limin Wang
The following letter was submitted to the New York State Workers'
Compensation Board in two electronic ways, but it has not been shown up in
the WCB eCase folder yet. The other file I submitted at the same time did
show up. However, the eCase folder also has a very brief-contented ECF-16.1C
with a time line of 6-10-19 10:51 am. That's the time I had actually just
arrived at the hearing site and was talking to the reception desk personnel.
The decision made was once again not protecting my benefits by not
providing the needed real medical examination and treatment and financial
What justice I can get from such a crooked system? For any one who is
interested in matters of work injury, workers' compensation case, and
justice, you are invited to read the following letter.
June 10, 2019, Mon
NYS Workers’ Comp Board
PO Box 5205
Binghamton, NY 13902-5205
Re: Objection to BCF’s fee application of beyond the $500 already awarded
Dear WCB Officers,
Bangel, Cohen & Falconetti, LLP (BCF, 91-31 Queens Blvd, Suite 400, Elmhurst
, NY 11373. Ph# 718-446-4400, Fax# 718-446-6537) states that they only
handle workers’ compensation cases. After filling in their online free
consultation form on Feb. 13, 2018, the next day I got the phone call from
BCF about the details and was then invited to go to BCF the same morning. A
significant portion of time there was for me to fill up the two-page
questionnaire and then to wait. Then I was brought in to Mr. Matthew T.
Swansen. There was not much talking. Mr. Swansen added something to the C-3
I already filed with WCB, filled in the retainer and appearance form OC-400,
and we signed the OC-400. Without me requesting so, Mr. Swansen wanted to
replace the two medical clinics (WCB-authorized at least at then) I already
had a medical visit to each. Then BCF senior paralegal Ms. Carolina A.
Faraglia placed phone calls to set up appointments with Dr. Mehrdad Golzad (
New York City Medical & Neurological Offices, PC (NYCMNO), 91-31 Queens Blvd
, Suite 601, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Ph# 718-454-2222) on that day and with Dr.
Jacob Sadigh (New York Medical & Diagnostic Center (NYMDC), 80-46 Kew
Gardens Rd., 2nd Floor, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Ph# 718-261-1000) the next
morning. These two referred treating clinics have turned out to bring some
serious problems to me, including the medical record issues.
The attorney-client relationship did not even start well. On Feb. 20, 2018,
when I was scheduling the MRIs (prescribed by NYMDC) with Neighborhood
Radiology (92-37 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375. Ph# 718-571-9900
; the prescription form is Neighborhood’s), Ms. Rose at Neighborhood said
the 1) the insurance denied the MRIs; 2) BCF eventually answered after her
multiple failed calls that BCF would not support my injuries and would not
represent my case. That same day, I called BCF twice, and I couldn’t reach
Mr. Swansen or his paralegal.
Then, how BCF represents my interests can be largely reflected from the four
hearings (Mar. 12; Jun. 21; Aug. 07, 2018; and Feb. 01, 2019). The files in
the case folder can reflect somewhat too. Since the first three hearings
had honored BCF’s fee requests and deducted them from the temporary
compensation to me, I would just reveal in specifics about what happened
after the Aug. 07, 18 hearing.
On Aug. 13, 2018, BCF paralegal Ms. Jessica Morris emailed me with two brief
questions, “(1) Are you interested in settling your claim? (2) Are your
currently receiving or have you applied for Social Security disability.” I
immediately answered not now to Q.1 and no to Q.2. Then nothing was heard
back until Oct. 2018.
On Oct. 16, 2018, BCF settlement director Ms. Donna K. Hengel left me a
voicemail. I called back on the same day, but the phone couldn’t reach to
Ms. Hangel, and BCF couldn’t answer it’s about what. However, on Oct. 18,
2018, I got a regular mail from BCF (the second of the only two postal mails
from BCF to me up to today Jun. 10, 2019) which simply says “We have been
trying to contact you regarding your Workers’ Compensation case but have
not been able to speak with you. Please call our office when you receive
this letter, thank you.” I then called on Oct. 18, 2018, and finally knew
it’s about what content. Ms. Hengel first said it requires me to resign
from that employment for the settlement to start. She answered me that it’s
the employer’s request. I was furious to learn such demand on me. The
employer is the direct party in this premeditated coordinated murder attempt
on my life in my Jan. 16, 2018 falling, and soon afterwards the employer
was taunting me by instructing me to set up a new employee account on a
website similar to the old one by using my old account’s password. I was
never able to set up such a new account, and the employer never solved that
new account problem. Additionally, BCF once again dodged the real murder
cause of the “work accident”, and BCF didn’t answer me what’s in the
The events around and on the Feb. 01, 2019 hearing precipitate the
termination of attorney-client relationship. On Jan. 25, 2019, a gentleman
from BCF called to remind me of the coming hearing date and time, to tell me
BCF themselves don’t know who would represent me that day, to tell that I
should be there 15 mins earlier, and to ask when were most recent visits to
my treating physicians. I clearly told him the Jan. 14, 2019 visit to Dr.
Mehrdad Golzad (neurologist at NYCMNO) and his PA, and the Jan. 16, 2019
visit to Dr. Benjamin Uh (orthopedist at NYMDC). On Jan. 29, 2019, I called
BCF to ask to talk with the attorney who would represent me on my case. The
reception lady said it’s Mr. Jeffery Feldman but proposed the phone
transfer to paralegal Mr. Craig Bowe. I told her to just pass the message
about my today’s (Jan. 29, 2019) visit to Dr. Appasaheb Naik (told as pain
management neurologist at NYMDC, but listed as Surgery at WCB website). Dr.
Naik said he would check only on my left shoulder, left elbow, and left
wrist, but nowhere else. My spine injury was as if so unknown to him. I
asked BCF to write me an email to tell me which body sites are established
and which others are still disputed in this case. The receptionist confirmed
my email address on their system. Later, I never got the email or answer on
it. On Jan. 31, 2019, I had a missed call from BCF whose voice message was
somehow high in electronic noise. The male voice, probably of Mr. Craig Bowe
, said Dr. Golzad’s office said my last visit there was in October 2018. I
called BCF back on Jan. 31, 2019, and I told Mr. Craig Bowe that I had a
visit to Dr. Mehrdad Golzad’s office on Jan. 14, 2019, and I told some
details. The physician assistant was so rude and treated me as an idiot with
no knowledge at all. The seeing almost went to an argument, and then Dr.
Golzad was brought by her to see me. On Feb. 01, 2019, at the Jamaica, NY
WCB site, Mr. Feldman came to the waiting room to ask me when was the time I
last visited the treating doctors. I told the three visits (Jan. 14, 16,
and 29, 2019) to three different specialty doctors. Mr. Feldman’s attitude
and questioning techniques are not nice to me the client. Mr. Feldman told
me there wasn’t any new medical record and they would stop the payment.
That conversation last only a couple of minutes. In the hearing room, I
straightened the twisted story from the defendant attorney about the Jan. 03
, 2019 IME at Dr. William B. Head, Jr. office. The judge’s decision was
already made to suspend the compensation for the injured worker to produce
medical evidence. I wasn’t given a good chance to talk about the recent
medical visits. Mr. Feldman defended nothing at all for me by not even
mentioning my actual medical visits. On the contrary, Mr. Feldman used a
scolding voice and body language to urge me out of the hearing room. The
total hearing last about ten minutes, and afterwards I talked with Mr.
Feldman for a minute or two before parting. Later, I found some medical
reports of the Jan. 2019 visits were shown on the WCB eCase folder in the
afternoon of the Feb. 01, 2019 hearing day. Dr. Mehrdad Golzad’s office
answered me that they emailed the medical report of the Jan. 14, 2019 visit
before Feb. 01, 2019. In the afternoon of Feb. 01, 2019, when I emailed
questioning Mr. Matthew T. Swansen whether BCF still represents me,
paralegal Mr. Craig Bowe at 4:41pm that day emailed the Jan. 14, 2019
medical report to firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to me. I don’t
know what that email address stands for. Among the so many insurances or
third party administrator (TPA) brought up in this case, I only have learned
by myself that Strategic Outsourcing Inc is supposed to be the Professional
Employment Organization, and TPA Cannon Cochran Management Services (CCMSI)
, Inc contacted me and mailed the temporary compensation checks, although
CCMSI isn’t so responsive to me. I waited till Feb. 15th, 2019, and I didn
’t see the difference from the compensation suspension, so I finalized the
termination of attorney-client relationship from me the client’s side. Mr.
Matthew T. Swansen was the one initiated the idea of termination of attorney
-client relationship during the Feb. 01, 2019 email exchanges. In other
words, it is a mutual termination of attorney-client relationship with
mutual agreement. On the April 05, 2019 hearing, the WCLJ forced me to
answer only yes or no to his question whether I fired my attorney. I was
reluctant to answer that way, and I have been slow in thinking and
responding with traumatic brain injury. At here, I put forward the detailed
Till today, Jun 10, 2019, CCMSI has sent me only one SROI, and it’s in June
2018. I checked the WCB eCase, and I found the insurance’s other SROIs in
this eCase were gone after the termination of attorney-client relationship.
These previous SROIs state that a lot more than what I actually received had
been paid, but not much of the medical bills had been paid. Why and how
those SROIs disappeared?
I looked at the numbers shown on the OC-400.1 for fee application of $12,000
by BCF, and the hour numbers. I think they are extremely exaggerated, and
the actual numbers have a significant dilatory factor. BCF even charges for
their service on my brief contacts because of their own non-terminating
intervening in this case after the Feb. 15, 2019 formal termination of
attorney-client relationship. BCF’s services have already been paid with
that $500 awarded. It’s not a personal injury case, and it has not
progressed well on many aspects.
I have been asking for nothing inhumane but justice and recovery to my
ruined health and capability.
Very truly yours,
Injured Worker & Claimant