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Claimant Faulted for Procedural Errors

Finding multiple procedural errors in this appeal, the Court of Appeals summarily affirms the commission’s termination of claimant’s temporary total disability benefits and denial of his requests for a change in treating physicians and assignment of a Spanish-speaking adjuster.

Claimant filed his opening brief on April 18, 2013. This court instructed him that his brief failed to comply with Rules 5A:4(d), 5A:20(c), 5A:20(d), 5A:20(e), 5A:20(h) and 5A:24(a), and instructed him to submit a replacement opening brief. After receiving an extension of time, claimant filed a replacement brief that did not correct all the deficiencies in the original brief.

A pro se litigant appearing is no less bound by the rules of procedure and substantive law than a defendant represented by counsel. We fin appellant’s failure to comply with Rule 5A:20 is significant, so we will not consider his arguments.

Judgment affirmed.

Vasquez v. Randstad North America (Per Curiam) No.2284-12-4, July 2, 2013; Workers’ Comp. Comm’n; Andres Vasquez, pro se; Benjamin J. Trichilo for appellees. VLW 013-7-185(UP), 3 pp.

VLW 013-7-185

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