Video Guide to Workers' Compensation
The video described below contains information for unrepresented injured workers whose claims are scheduled for hearing. Click on a media icon for any chapter you wish to view. Please note that Quicktime files are large and load slowly. Please have patience if you choose them.
|1. General Information -
Overview of Commission’s role; Accessing helpful information; How to find and obtain an attorney.
|2. Processing Claims -
Distinguishing between the Industrial Commission and your employer’s insurance company; Processing claims; How to file a Request for Hearing.
|3. Requesting a Hearing -
Deadlines for requesting a hearing; Parties to a claim; Duty to notify others of your address changes.
|4. Before the Hearing -
Hearing calendar; Collecting mail; Judge assignment; Hearing locations; Notice of Hearing; Obtaining copy of the rules and statutes; Ombudsman’s role.
|5. Gathering Evidence -
Gathering medical records to prove your claim; Obtaining records from files kept by insurance company, Judge, and the Commission.
|6. Discovery -
Information exchange with other parties; Deposition; Interrogatories; Independent medical examinations; Settlement opportunity; Pre-hearing conferences with Judge.
|7. Preparing your Case -
Burden of Proof; Requesting subpoenas for your witnesses; Filing your evidence; IMPORTANT DEADLINES.
|8. Hearing Day -
Time, date and place; People attending; Presenting evidence; Testimony of witnesses; Direct and cross-examination; Recorded transcript; Further hearings.
|9. After the Hearing -
Judge’s decision; Requesting review; Responding to Defendants’ Request for Review; Following up favorable decision; Decision Upon Review; Special Action to Court of Appeals.