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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Electronic Filing: The Ideal System for Workers' Compensation

Judicial systems throughout the country have been working diligently to obtain the the "best" electronic filing and docketing systems for workers' compensation systems. The Federal Court program, certainly by the devopment of PACER, and the local District Courts and Appellate Circuits, though their Electronic Court Filing  (ECF) systems, have established a systems that are stellar. Working on budgets, funded by no or minimal filing fees, and a huge volume of matters, with specialized interests, the state workers' compensation programs have had a more difficult start and a rougher road to operationalize electronic filing programs and docketing systems. Florida has produced a system that works, provides transparency and success. Today's post, authored by Judge David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims and Division of Administrative Hearings, describes the delicate balance to achieve this result, by balancing the cost of the system and the productivity results.

Pennsylvania launched an integrated electronic management system last week. The Workers' Compensation Automation and Integration System, or WCAIS is described as the first system of its kind. It integrates data-sharing among three Pennsylvania state agencies, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation with the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board and the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication."We do not have such an integrated...
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