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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
SUBCHAPTER 1.9. RULES OF THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR
ARTICLE 3. FILING OF DOCUMENTS BY PARTIES OR LIEN CLAIMANTS

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§10233. Filing of Medical Reports, Medical-Legal Reports, and Various Records.

(a) Except as provided by section 10603, medical reports, medical-legal reports, and medical records, and other records and documents shall be filed only in accordance with the following provisions.

(b) This subsection shall apply where a declaration of readiness (other than a declaration of readiness for an expedited hearing) is being filed, including a walk-through declaration of readiness.

  (1) When filing a declaration of readiness, the filing party or lien claimant shall file the report of any agreed medical evaluator, any qualified medical evaluator, and any treating physician that: (A) are then in its possession or control, (B) are relevant to the issue being raised by the declaration of readiness, and (C) have not been filed previously. No other medical reports, medical-legal reports, medical records, or other documents shall be filed at that time, unless otherwise ordered by the appeals board or a workers' compensation administrative law judge.  


  (2) When filing an objection to a declaration of readiness, or within ten days of the filing of the declaration of readiness if no objection is timely filed, each opposing party or lien claimant shall file the report of any agreed medical evaluator, any qualified medical evaluator, and any treating physician that: (A) are then in its possession or control, (B) are relevant to the issue being raised by the declaration of readiness, and (C) have not been filed previously. No other medical reports, medical-legal reports, medical records, or other documents shall be filed at that time, unless otherwise ordered by the appeals board or a workers' compensation administrative law judge.  


(c) This subsection shall apply where a declaration of readiness for an expedited hearing is being filed.

  (1) When filing a declaration of readiness for an expedited hearing, the filing party or lien claimant shall file the report of any agreed medical evaluator, any qualified medical evaluator, and any treating physician that: (A) are then in its possession or control, (B) are relevant to the issue being raised by the declaration of readiness, and (C) have not been filed previously. No other medical reports, medical-legal reports, medical records, or other documents shall be filed at that time.  


  (2) When filing an objection to a declaration of readiness for an expedited hearing, or within ten days of the filing of the declaration of readiness if no objection is timely filed, each opposing party or lien claimant shall file the report of any agreed medical evaluator, any qualified medical evaluator, and any treating physician that: (A) are then in its possession or control, (B) are relevant to the issue being raised by the declaration of readiness, and (C) have not been filed previously. No other medical reports, medical-legal reports, medical records, or other documents shall be filed at that time.  


  (3) All other medical reports, medical-legal reports, medical records, or other documents that are being proposed as exhibits with respect to the issue being raised by the declaration of readiness, and that have not been filed previously, shall be filed at the time of trial, unless otherwise ordered by the appeals board or a workers' compensation administrative law judge.  


(d) This subsection shall apply where a compromise and release or a stipulations with request for award is being filed, with the exception that this subsection shall not apply when the compromise and release or the stipulations with request for award is being filed on a walk-through basis in accordance with section 10280.

  (1) When filing a compromise and release or a stipulations with request for award, the filing party shall file all agreed medical evaluator reports, qualified medical evaluator reports, treating physician reports, and any other medical records or other records (e.g., wage statements) that: (A) are relevant to a determination of the adequacy of the compromise and release or stipulations with request for award; and (B) have not been filed previously.  


  (2) If the compromise and release or the stipulations with request for award is not approved, and the matter is set for a hearing on the adequacy of the proposed settlement, any additional reports, records, or other documents not previously filed that are being proposed as exhibits shall be filed at the time of the adequacy hearing, unless otherwise ordered by the appeals board or a workers' compensation administrative law judge.  


  (3) If the compromise and release or the stipulations with request for award is not approved at or after the adequacy hearing, and the matter is set for a mandatory settlement conference or trial, then any additional medical reports, medical-legal reports, medical records, or other documents that are being proposed as exhibits shall be filed in the same manner as set forth in subsections (g) and (h).  


(e) Excerpted portions of relevant physician, hospital or dispensary records shall be filed in accordance with section 10232.

(f) Excerpted portions of relevant personnel records, wage records and statements, job descriptions, and other business records shall be filed in accordance with section 10232.

(g) At a mandatory settlement conference, rating mandatory settlement conference, priority conference or lien conference, all other medical reports, medical-legal reports, medical records, or other documents that are being proposed as exhibits with respect to the issue being raised by the declaration of readiness, and that have not been filed previously, shall be filed, but only if the matter is being set for trial, unless otherwise ordered by the appeals board or a workers' compensation administrative law judge.

(h) At trial, any additional medical reports, medical-legal reports, medical records, or other documents that are being proposed as exhibits with respect to the issue being raised by the declaration of readiness shall be filed, unless otherwise ordered by the appeals board or a workers' compensation administrative law judge.

     Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 5307(c) and 5500.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 126, 4600, 5500.3 and 5502, Labor Code.  

 HISTORY 
   
1. New section filed 11-17-2008; operative 11-17-2008 pursuant to GovernmentCode section 11343.4 (Register 2008, No. 47).

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