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DWC's Plan to Return to In-Person Hearings Draws Praise, Skepticism

  • State: California
  • Topic: Top
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More than two weeks after the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board said it would for…

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Ernest Buongiorno Sep 8, 2021 a 9:08 am PDT

I Am in total agreement with Mr. Goldman on this. Many injured workers may be inmunocompromised, therefore increasing the risk of developing a serious condition as a result of contracting the virus ( whether vaccinated or not). Which by the way, if defendants insist on a live hearing, may be a compensable consequence to the industrial injury. We all know how cramped space is in the board’s courtrooms, at least in Van Nuys. To have at minimum 6 individuals ( where an interpreter is needed within close proximity to the applicant) in that enclosed environment with less than adequate ventilation, is just irresponsible. In addition to compromising the safety of all personnel within the building itself. I understand why some counsel are in favor of live hearings. However, there should be an option in place for those of us who oppose, such as a petition to object to a live hearing and request for virtual access.
Continuing virtual Trials at this point in the endemic just makes sense. It’s not about driving or parking. It’s about health, safety and welfare for all those involved in the system.

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