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Typically, if the workers comp board decides that the worker is an independent contractor, then it's unlikely that an appeal will succeed. But, if you want to actually defend yourself, then you'll have to hire a lawyer to respond to the appeal.
There's no way for me to tell you that you have nothing at all to worry about. 95% of appeals uphold the first decision, but there's always that 5% that are reversed. If you want to reduce your risk, then you can hire a lawyer. But, at this point, the odds are about 20:1 in your favor.
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Continuances are usually granted when an attorney has a conflicting hearing in a different court or agency. Also, it's summer and many attorneys are taking vacations, which is another reason for requesting a continuance.
I would be guessing at the reasons. A continuance requires "good cause" which means a substantial justification. It can be for any reason, as long as thee judge believes that the reasoning is clear and convincing.
You would hire a civil litigation attorney with experience in workers comp appeals.
Yes, more evidence can be presented, because the initial investigation is not a true adversarial hearing.
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You're asking me to engage in pure speculation about the attorney's reasons for requesting a continuance. Maybe he's desperately trying to come up with something new for the hearing, and he's inventing reasons to delay while trying to find the additional evidence.
I really don't know. But, the raw odds are about 20:1, because that's the average percentage of cases that are reversed on appeal. But, these are raw odds, and they may or may not coincide with the actual facts of your case. Unfortunately, that's the best I can do in this forum. I cannot review your entire case, because that would be practicing law, which is not permitted in this forum.
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