|Organization:||Department of Industrial Accidents|
|Docket Number:||DIA Board No. 041089-03|
- Employee: Ramona Richards
- Employer: US Bancorp
- Insurer: St. Paul Fire & Marine
KOZIOL, J. The employee appeals from a decision determining that the principle of res judicata bars litigation of her claim for incapacity and medical benefits,1 and finding that her counsel, Attorney Ellis, brought her claim without reasonable grounds in violation of G. L. c. 152, § 14(1).2 (Dec. II, 6-8.) The judge ultimately assessed costs pursuant to § 14(1), ordering Attorney Ellis to pay the insurer $8,742.50. (Dec. III, 5.) The employee argues the judge erred by: 1) finding her claim is barred; 2) finding Attorney Ellis prosecuted the action without reasonable grounds; and, 3) assessing costs in the amount of $8,742.50. We affirm.