The law requires service on the other parties, except other intervenors. Make sure you serve the employee, the employer, the workers’ compensation insurer, and the attorneys representing those parties, and that you attach an Affidavit of Service when you file your Motion to Intervene.
If you file a Stipulation of Intervention signed by the employee, employer and the workers’ compensation insurer, your intervention claim is considered established by law so long as the employee’s claim is payable by the insurer.
Even if a Stipulation of Intervention has not been signed by the parties, you may be able to establish your claim if there is no written objection to the Stipulation of Intervention. If you sign a Stipulation of Intervention, send it to the other parties and no one files an objection within 30 days after you sent it, your right to reimbursement is established so long as the employee’s claim is payable by the insurer. It is your responsibility to bring these facts to the attention of the parties and the judge.
Administrative Conference. An administrative conference is an informal meeting, held either with the staff of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) workers’ compensation alternative dispute resolution unit or with a Compensation Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings. By presenting arguments and supporting documents on limited issues, the parties attempt to resolve their claims. If the case is not resolved by settlement, the staff or Compensation Judge makes a written decision on the claim, including on any intervention claims. If not satisfied with the decision, any party (including an intervenor) may request a formal evidentiary hearing at the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Settlement Conference. A settlement conference is conducted by a judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings to assist the parties in resolving the claim before the hearing.
Pretrial Conference. A pretrial conference is a pre-hearing planning session with the judge at which legal issues to be addressed at the hearing are clarified, witnesses identified, and anticipated exhibits discussed.
Hearing. If not resolved, cases proceed to an evidentiary hearing. If you are an intervenor in the unresolved claim, you will receive notice of the hearing so that you may participate to protect your interest. You will need to present an exhibit of your updated and itemized claim at the hearing, and make arguments and/or present evidence pertaining to your claim.
As of August 1, 2016, intervenors are no longer required to attend any proceeding unless specifically ordered to do so by a Compensation Judge. The order requiring your attendance at a scheduled proceeding will be issued at least ten days prior to the proceeding. You can always appear at scheduled proceedings in person.
Unless a signed stipulation was filed or your intervention claim was otherwise established by law, you are still required to present evidence in support of your intervention claim at or before the hearing. You retain the burden of proof to establish your intervention claim in all proceedings.
Your attendance will be required pursuant to an Order issued by a Compensation Judge.
Parties to the proceeding may file a motion requiring your attendance. This motion must state specific and detailed reasons why your attendance is required and must be filed no later than 20 days before the scheduled proceeding. You may file a response to the motion. The Compensation Judge will then issue an order on the motion at least 10 days before the scheduled proceeding.
As required by the law, if a Compensation Judge issues an order requiring your attendance at a scheduled proceeding but you fail to attend, your claim will be denied. Denial of your claim will likely result in an inability to collect the sum claimed from the parties or a government program.
The only exception to this rule is in cases of good cause. Good cause generally includes circumstances beyond the intervenor’s control; scheduling mistakes or difficulties do not constitute good cause.