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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1.5. Injuries on or After January 1, 1990

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§ 10252. Expedited Hearing Calendar

(a) Where injury to any part or parts of the body is accepted as compensable by the employer, a party is entitled to an expedited priority hearing and decision upon the filing of an application for adjudication of claim and a declaration of readiness to proceed pursuant to section 10250 establishing a bona fide, good faith dispute as to:

  (1) the employee's entitlement to medical treatment pursuant to Labor Code section 4600;  

  (2) the employee's entitlement to, or the amount of, temporary disability indemnity payments;  

  (3) the employee's entitlement to vocational rehabilitation services, or the termination of an employer's liability to provide these services to an employee; or  

  (4) the employee's entitlement to compensation from one or more responsible employers when two or more employers dispute liability as among themselves.  

(b) An expedited hearing may be set upon request where injury to any part or parts of the body is accepted as compensable by the employer and the issues include medical treatment or temporary disability for a disputed body part or parts.

(c) A workers' compensation administrative law judge assigned to a case involving a disputed body part or parts may redesignate the expedited hearing as a mandatory settlement conference, receive a pretrial conference statement pursuant to Labor Code section 5502, subd. (e) (3), close discovery, and schedule the case for trial on the issues presented, if the workers' compensation administrative law judge determines, in consultation with the presiding workers' compensation administrative law judge, that the case is not appropriate for expedited determination.

(d) Grounds for the redesignation of an expedited hearing includes, but is not limited to, cases where the direct and cross-examination of the applicant will be prolonged, or where there are multiple witnesses who will offer extensive testimony.

(e) The parties are expected to submit for decision all matters properly in issue at a single trial and to produce all necessary evidence, including witnesses, documents, medical reports, payroll statements and all other matters considered essential in the proof of a party's claim or defense.

     Note: Authority cited: Sections 127.5, 133 and 5502(b), Labor Code. Reference: Section 5502(b), Labor Code.  

1. Change without regulatory effect renumbering former section 10136 to section 10252, including amendment of subsection (c), filed 4-7-2008 pursuant to  section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2008, No.15).

2. Repealer and new section heading and amendment of section and Note filed 11-17-2008; operative 11-17-2008 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2008, No. 47).

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