Why Does It Take So Long To Get Into Appeals Court in California?
Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Appeals Court
Before a claimant can get a hearing with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, several time periods accorded to certain processes must pass. For example, a hearing can’t be scheduled for 90 days after the date of the injury during which the insurance company investigates the injury claim. Additionally, a hearing may be delayed because a medical appointment hasn’t been made for an agreed medical evaluation (AME) exam or a qualified medical evaluator (QME) exam. A hearing usually can’t be requested unless one of these exams has been conducted. In fact, under a recently enacted law, AME or QME exams are now required for injury compensation cases. Further delays should be expected as a result of this new development.
Before a Trial
A conference must be held before a trial is even considered. A two month period precedes the conference in which case resolution is attempted through informal procedures. It is only until this two month period passes that a conference can be scheduled. Most conferences don’t result in resolution, which leads to a trial. It takes at least two months before a trial finally commences.
Call Kenton Koszdin Law Today
Workers’ compensation laws in California are quite complicated and workers who possess no knowledge of them may be at a huge disadvantage when they seek financial assistance for their work-related injuries. Fortunately, the experienced Los Angeles workers’ comp attorneys at Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help injured workers navigate the claims process so they can avoid any missteps or pitfalls and avoid putting their claim and wellbeing in jeopardy. To learn more about what our legal firm can do for you, dial (800) 438-7734 today.