|Signed by Governor John G.
on June 6, 1997
October 1, 1997
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 31-298 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: Both parties may appear at any hearing, either in person or by attorney or other accredited representative, and no formal pleadings shall be required, beyond any informal notices that the commission approves. In all cases and hearings under the provisions of this chapter, the commissioner shall proceed, so far as possible, in accordance with the rules of equity. He shall not be bound by the ordinary common law or statutory rules of evidence or procedure, but shall make inquiry, through oral testimony, deposition testimony or written and printed records, in a manner that is best calculated to ascertain the substantial rights of the parties and carry out the provisions and intent of this chapter. No fees shall be charged to either party by the commissioner in connection with any hearing or other procedure, but the commissioner shall furnish at cost (1) certified copies of any testimony, award or other matter which may be of record in his office, and (2) duplicates of audio cassette recordings of any formal hearings. Witnesses subpoenaed by the commissioner shall be allowed the fees and traveling expenses that are allowed in civil actions, to be paid by the party in whose interest the witnesses are subpoenaed. WHEN LIABILITY OR EXTENT OF DISABILITY IS CONTESTED BY FORMAL HEARING BEFORE THE COMMISSIONER, THE CLAIMANT SHALL BE ENTITLED, IF HE PREVAILS ON FINAL JUDGMENT, TO PAYMENT FOR ORAL TESTIMONY OR DEPOSITION TESTIMONY RENDERED ON HIS BEHALF BY A COMPETENT PHYSICIAN, SURGEON OR OTHER MEDICAL PROVIDER, INCLUDING THE STENOGRAPHIC AND VIDEOTAPE RECORDING COSTS THEREOF, IN CONNECTION WITH THE CLAIM, THE COMMISSIONER TO DETERMINE THE REASONABLENESS OF SUCH CHARGES.
State of Connecticut
Workers' Compensation Commission
Page last revised: July 16, 1998
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