Many of our clients are confused about "informal hearings" in workers compensation cases. Many people are intimidated by the fact that the word "hearing" is part of the term. They think that an informal hearing is like a mini-trial.
But an informal hearing is simply a conference or a meeting between the two parties (claimant and respondent) and the workers compensation commissioner (judge). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a problem that has arisen in the case. The meeting is informal-hence the term "informal hearing." In many cases the commissioner will suggest a reasonable solution to the problem, and more often than not the parties adopt the commissioner's proposed solution.
If the matter cannot be solved at the informal hearing, then the case can move on to a more formal setting which is more like a trial, and that is called a formal hearing.
If you or anyone you know has been seriously injured on the job then feel free to call The Bartinik Law Firm, PC., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT. at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211 with questions.