Scheduling Order Preview

First look at some of the issues that will be addressed in new workers’ comp scheduling orders.

5621821439_ee898c76ba_mWe previously blogged about new administrative hearing rules that were to be implemented in February 2015. These rules were adopted to help speed up workers’ comp cases.

The new rules call for a scheduling conference within 90 days of pretrial. This allows the magistrate to issue a scheduling order with important deadlines.

A status conference is to be held within 180 days of the scheduling conference so the magistrate can monitor progress of the case. We anticipate control dates will continue to be scheduled every 45-60 days.

Magistrates have now begun circulating sample orders. Here are some of the issues addressed. Please note that all deadlines may be extended by the magistrate for good cause.

It Is Hereby Ordered

All parties/funds shall be joined prior to the status conference.

Forms 105(A) and (B) shall be exchanged by.

Medical and employment records shall be exchanged or subpoenaed by.

Mediation/facilitation shall be conducted within a specific period of time.

The proposed Final Disposition Date.

IMEs shall be scheduled by.

Plaintiff’s medical depositions shall be completed by.

Defendant’s medical depositions shall be completed by.

Plaintiff’s vocational depositions shall be completed by.

Defendant’s vocational depositions shall be completed by.

Exhibits shall be exchanged not less than.

Witnesses names shall be exchanged not less than.

Each party shall submit a proposed stipulation sheet and list issues to be decided not less than.

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Related information:

New administrative hearing rules to be implemented in February 2015 and important time limits that you should know about.

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