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What Is A Workers Compensation Hearing?


Formal hearings are required when the employee and the employer cannot reach agreement on issues that are related to your work-related injury. Hearings are held at many locations around the state. The arguments of the employee and the employer are “heard” by administrative law judges in the workers’ compensation system. The judge who hears your case makes his/her decision after listening to all the evidence presented at the trial.

The hearings are much like courtroom trials, except there are no juries in workers’ comp cases. Normally, lawyers for both sides make opening statements to the judge. After that, witnesses (such as a co-worker or a relative, etc.) are called to testify and tell the judge what they know about your claim. After the trial, the judge allows each lawyer to file “briefs”, which are post-hearing arguments in writing. The administrative law judge then makes a final decision and prepares a written award. The decision making process may take several months. An appeal of the judge’s award is allowed by either party if the party is dissatisfied with the judge’s award.

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