The insurance company denied my workers compensation claim in D.C. and I received a form to apply for a Formal Hearing. What can I expect at the Formal Hearing in D.C.?
Typically, exhibits are filed in advance of the hearing, according to the scheduling order deadlines. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will preside over the hearing and issue a decision in the case, in the form of a Compensation Order, often several weeks to months following the hearing.
At the hearing most ALJs will informally discuss the issues and exhibits before going on the record. Once on the record, most ALJs will state the parties' issues and positions then allow opening statements. Witnesses will testify under oath, and be subject to cross examination.
Most ALJs will then allow closing arguments from both sides. Basically, the process is a trial - just faster.