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The Answer used by the parties shall conform to a form prescribed and approved by the Appeals Board. Additional matters may be pleaded as deemed necessary by the answering party.
A general denial is not an answer within this rule. The Answer shall be accompanied by a proof of service upon the opposing parties.
Evidence upon matters and affirmative defenses not pleaded by Answer will be allowed only upon such terms and conditions as the Appeals Board or workers' compensation judge may impose in the exercise of sound discretion.
Authority cited: Sections 133 and 5307, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5500, 5505, Labor Code.
1. Amendment filed 12-23-93; operative 1-1-94. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 93, No. 52).
2. Amendment of second paragraph filed 12-19-2002; operative 1-1-2003. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2002, No. 51).
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