If either party is displeased with the utilization review determination, a hearing can be requested, and the matter is assigned to a workers' compensation judge
. The judge then hears evidence presented by the parties, namely medical expert testimony and/or reports, and decides whether the treatment of the specific medical provider at issue is reasonably necessary.
The workers' compensation judge
awarded TTD benefits to respondent-employee, but determined that relator-employer was entitled to offset those benefits by the amount of STD benefits already paid.
"The earning power assessment route requires the use of vocational as well as medical experts and always requires litigation before a workers' compensation judge
," Hollenbach said.
"If we use a workers' compensation judge
, that's beneficial for both sides to have a facilitator with that knowledge, and the facilitation can go from there to evaluation," Reinhardt said.
On October 25, 2006, a workers' compensation judge
issued an amended findings and award, ruling that the MRSA infection was a "compensable consequence" of Romano's work injury.
I then conjure up the recurring fantasies of being a successful law firm marketing consultant or molding myself into a renowned civil rights or criminal lawyer, a workers' compensation judge
, or a legal scholar of some sort.
The court held, inter alia, that it was not its prerogative to "second-guess" the Workers' Compensation Judge
's determinations of credibility or to overturn the findings of facts already made.
A workers' compensation judge
awarded the additional benefits, but the Workers' Compensation Board reversed.
The court found that the law was crystal clear that any employee violating the applicable law "shall, upon determination by the workers' compensation judge
, forfeit any right to compensation benefits...." The court noted that the WCJ was specific in giving her reasons for denying benefits.
Prior to 1993, a workers' compensation judge
was appointed by the governor.
A workers' compensation claim for occupational asthma was filed, and the patient was awarded compensation after his case was reviewed by a workers' compensation judge
The requirements and eligibility for an ad hoc officer to preside over a workers' compensation adjudicatory hearing shall be the same as that for a workers' compensation judge