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5 Factors That Impact the Timing of Your Owings Mills/Reisterstown, Maryland Workers' Compensation Hearing

Author: Portner & Shure

In general, a hearing before the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission will take place approximately three to four months after it is requested. Despite this, sometimes cases will take longer or shorter than others to be scheduled. Even if hearing requests are made on the same day, one may take longer or shorter than the other. Factors contributing to this difference in timing are:

  1. Number of hearing requests filed for one location within a certain time period
  2. Weather-related cancellations
  3. Number of cases extended after being scheduled
  4. Priority of some cases over others
  5. Having the Subsequent Injury Fund or Uninsured Employer's Fund as a party to the case

Two exceptions to the three to four-month norm are if your claim involves vocational rehabilitation or if your claim is granted an emergency hearing. If your claim only involves vocational rehabilitation, a Workers' Compensation Commissioner will first try to mediate the dispute over the phone within 24 hours of the forms being filed. If this mediation is unsuccessful, a hearing will be subsequently scheduled a few days later.

If your claim is granted an emergency hearing, your claim may be given priority over other cases. Although emergency hearings can be requested for any issue, they are granted infrequently. In order to be granted an emergency hearing, it must be shown that a demonstrable impact will result because of the delay, and this impact must be beyond what other claimants will normally experience for that same delay. It is often recommended to not request an emergency hearing unless your workers' compensation attorney believes that there is a high likelihood of it being granted.

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