As of March 2021, the State Board of Workers' Compensation in Georgia continues to postpone workers' comp hearings to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. While you may appreciate the steps being taken to protect you and others from exposure to a deadly illness, having your workers' compensation hearing postponed indefinitely can be frustrating. Fortunately, you—and your workers' comp hearing—don't have to stay in limbo forever. Keep reading to find out how our highly-skilled Atlanta workers' compensation attorneys can help you schedule and prepare for a virtual hearing.
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If all of the other involved parties are ready as well, we can schedule a conference call with the presiding Administrative Law Judge in the Hearing Division to discuss the logistics and options for a virtual hearing. In addition to setting a time and date for the virtual hearing to take place, the logistics and options discussed may include the number of witnesses and how long the hearing will be expected to take. Additionally, the judge will consider issues in claims submitted on stipulated facts, along with supporting documentary evidence from each party, provided that all the parties agree to it.
You and your attorney, as well as the attorney for the insurance company and the Administrative Law Judge, will be the key figures in the hearing. Other people attending the virtual hearing may include witnesses, such as your co-workers, supervisors, and doctors. In some cases, there may also be representatives from your employer and their insurance company there.
The hearing usually consists of several parts, including presenting documents and other evidence to the judge, your testimony and cross-examination, and then the testimony and cross-examination of other witnesses. Typically, you'll receive a written decision from the judge within 30 to 90 days.
Need Help Jump-Starting Your Workers' Comp Hearing?
If you're ready to move forward with your workers' compensation case, contact Rechtman & Spevak today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation. We've helped countless clients obtain the workers' comp benefits they need and deserve. Find out what we can do for you.