A blog by a retired Colorado attorney on legal news, views and tips on Colorado Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability. Written from the point of view of the injured or disabled worker.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
New Policy on Agreed Walk In Prehearings
I received a notification that there can be a new approach in some prehearings. It appears to allow some quick prehearings without much paperwork if the parties agree. This will take effect next month. My only concern is that no one wants to be surprised so if you want to know, in advance, the precise issues and likely arguments you do not agree to this abbreviated approach. I do think it would be useful in some circumstances where the parties have attorneys and
are desirious of clarification of a clear issue. This is what was sent out on this new approach:
The Prehearing Unit of the Division of Workers’ Compensation is instituting a new procedure, designed to cut down on paperwork and time spent scheduling prehearing conferences. It is called the Walk-In Prehearing Conference.
The Walk-In Prehearing requires no notice to the Division, and will be held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday mornings of each month beginning in January, 2013 (January 9 and 23).
The guidelines for a Walk-In Prehearing are:
1. All sides must agree to a Walk-In Prehearing Conference.
2. All sides must appear in person. If one is a no-show, there will be no prehearing conference.
3. Walk-In Prehearings are not available for issues involving pro se litigants.
4. The parties must exchange some type of documented notification of the issues to be heard at the Walk-In Prehearing. This can be done by email, fax, etc. A copy should not be sent to the Division, but should be available at the Walk-In Prehearing.
5. No reservation or paperwork is needed. Upon arrival, the parties sign in on a registration log. First come, first served.
6. Walk-In Prehearing Conferences will be for the consideration of any prehearing issue, but will not be used for mediating settlements.
6. Walk-In Prehearing Conferences will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.
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Do We Pass the Test?
"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
I've been living in beautiful Colorado and practicing law for over 35 years. It's been a great place to raise a family. Originally from New York I settled here, married here and raised two daughters, Jenny and Mary. I practiced near downtown Colorado Springs but now consider myself "retired" so I am not taking any more legal matters, clients or cases but I appreciate being able to help as many clients as I could for so many years. Now I especially enjoy my retirement time with family including 4 special ones...a grandson, Max, twin granddaughters, Penny and Cici and last but not least grandson Eliot. You can contact me at my email address which is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past we offered free consultations in cases but we are not taking any more legal matters or cases as retirement calls. You can email us at email@example.com. We've been protecting injured workers for many years and truly went the distance for many people. We made a difference for most of them and stood up for right not might. If you need an attorney I suggest you find someone where you live who offers free consultations. Also I urge you to discuss your case with an attorney if at all possible. This field is technical and complex. I would even call it tricky so seek advice from an attorney. If that is not possible call the Colorado Division of Workers Compensation customer service section for helpful information.
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Special Personal News on Cici, our grandaughter (September 2011)
Nearly 3 years ago our grandaughter Cici had a serious medical problem. Her survival was at risk and she was deprived of oxygen because of a tragic choking/swallowing problem. It is known as an anoxic brain injury. The recovery has been challenging and slow but some progress has been made. We are thankful to be part of her recovery. I remain truly grateful for the prayers and touching support provided by so many people to my daughter and the family. We are actively committed to Cici's recovery and to her loved one's for as long as it takes. You can follow this difficult but amazing journey on my daughter's and husband Matt's Blog. Where there is life there is hope. We've had tough times but we have also seen courage and love in action for her and also for others. For examples look below.