California Regulations 10291

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§ 10291 Petition Appealing Notice of Compensation Due.

(a) The petition appealing notice of compensation due shall be served on the injured worker or dependent and on the audit unit, concurrently with its filing.

(b) The petition appealing notice of compensation due shall specify the factual and legal basis for the petition and shall include the audit unit's file number. The petition appealing notice of compensation due shall be accompanied by a copy of the notice of compensation due, a declaration of readiness, an application for adjudication if one has not been previously filed, and any other documents deemed relevant.

(c) If an application for adjudication has not been previously filed, venue shall be designated and determined in accordance with Labor Code section 5501.5 and California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 10409. If an application for adjudication has been previously filed, the petition appealing notice of compensation due shall be filed at the district office having venue and the case number assigned to the application for adjudication shall be assigned to the petition.

(d) An appeal of notice of compensation due shall be set for a hearing before a workers' compensation administrative law judge within forty-five (45) days of filing unless the employee's claim is already before a workers' compensation administrative law judge on other substantive issues in which case the appeal may be considered with these other issues. The audit unit, insurer, self-insured employer or third party administrator and the injured worker shall receive notice of the hearing and copies of subsequent notices of orders issued in the case. Following the hearing, the workers' compensation administrative law judge shall issue findings

of fact and an order affirming, modifying or rescinding the notice of compensation due, which complies with Labor Code section 5313. (e) The copy of the appeal of notice of compensation due sent to the injured worker shall inform the injured worker of the right to consult an attorney. If the injured worker is represented by an attorney, the workers' compensation administrative law judge may determine the amount of attorney fees reasonably incurred in resisting the appeal of notice of compensation due and may assess reasonable attorney fees as a cost upon the employer filing the appeal of notice of compensation due in accordance with Labor Code section 129(c).

Authority cited: Sections 127.5, 133 and 5307 (c), Labor Code.

Reference: Sections 129, 5300 and 5301, Labor Code.