The Maryland Workers Compensation Commission announced yesterday that they would be moving forward with in-person workers compensation proceedings beginning June 8, 2020. The Commission recognized that some injured workers may be hesitant to appear in person for hearings and allows for requests for continued video proceedings.
The Commission announces that we may be resuming in-person hearings effective June 8, 2020. The hearings will be staggered in order to accommodate physical distancing. Exhibits shall continue to be submitted electronically three days prior to the hearing. There is no need to email the exhibits to the Commission or the parties. Public access is strictly limited to claimants, attorneys, parties, and witnesses to hearings scheduled on that particular day. The Commission will continue to hold video hearings daily for those participants who are uncomfortable attending in-person hearings. If you are scheduled for an in-person hearing and wish to request a VRH instead, you must request a postponement of the in-person hearing and file an Emergency Hearing Request and follow the instructions for a VRH posted on the webpage.
Social distancing will be required and highlighted for everyone visiting the Commission hearing sites and offices. Your cooperation and assistance in this regard will be appreciated. We request that parties arrive shortly before their scheduled in-person hearing and depart immediately after. While the Commission will allow documents to be hand-delivered to the Public Service area in Baltimore, they must be dropped off on a table on the fourth floor set up for this purpose. There will be no waiting on site for these documents to be processed. They will be returned via mail.
Maryland clearly recognizes the need to move workers compensation claims forward so that injured workers can have their day before the commission to prove their work injury cases. Maryland did not have any phone or video proceedings for most of March and April. The Commission began video proceedings near the end of April.
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