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SELECTED INDICATORS IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION:  A REPORT CARD FOR CALIFORNIANS

Division of Workers’ Compensation Hearings

Numbers of Hearings

The graph below indicates the numbers of different types of hearings held in the DWC from 1997 through 2005.  While the total number of hearings held increased by 44.7 percent from 1997 to 2005, the number of expedited hearings grew by about 189 percent during the same period.

Expedited hearings for certain cases, such as determination of medical necessity, may be requested pursuant to Labor Code Section 5502(b).  Per Labor Code Section 5502(d), Initial 5502 Conferences are to be conducted in all other cases within 30 days of the receipt of a Declaration of Readiness (DR), and Initial 5502 Trials are to be held within 75 days of the receipt of a DR if the issues were not settled at the Initial 5502 Conference.

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