The Workers’ Compensation Act is littered with landmines of deadlines that if an Employer/Carrier does not abide by can exponentially increase the value of their claims.   Understanding those deadlines (the 3-day rule, the 5-day rule, the 10-day rule, etc. . .) is imperative.

As strict as those rules are, there is going to be some kind of gamesmanship by Claimant attorneys.  We have all received that 4:55 pm fax on a Friday requesting a one time change.   We’ve all rushed to respond (with a doctor’s name!) before the following Tuesday passes.

However, we should all take a deep breath and realize that the Rules of Civil Procedure afford E/C’s a reasonable calculation of those “strict” deadlines and we have more time than we think. (more…)