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Comp courts nationwide adjust to coronavirus outbreak

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Workers compensation courts and offices throughout the U.S. have announced closures and changes to schedules and processes as the country grapples with the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus.

States with surges in coronavirus patients are being particularly proactive. 

The New York Workers’ Compensation Board on Monday announced that all of its hearings would be conducted online and that its offices would be closed to the public.

The California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Monday modifications to its hearing processes and scheduled hearings — conducting some over the phone — and said it would not accept walk-in filings through April 3.

The director of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Court announced Monday that the state’s offices would be closed until April 3. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission likewise announced that all in-person hearings and mediations have been cancelled through March 31 and that it would contact parties with scheduled hearings.

The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission on Sunday announced that all of its dockets in Oklahoma City and Tulsa set for this week would be postponed and that its administrative offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa would close for two days, Monday and Tuesday, because a lawyer who tested positive for COVID 19 had been in one of the buildings.

More insurance and risk management news on the coronavirus crisis here.