Good afternoon Elaina,
I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
The reason that the hearing is scheduled for only 15 minutes is likely because there is only one primary issue the court will be concerned with. And that is determining whether you have stopped working, or whether you are earning the wages stated in the Notice of Suspension or Modification under sections 413(c) or 413(d) of the act.
Here is the law:
§ 131.50a. Employee request for special supersedeas hearing under section 413(c) and (d) of the act.
(a) This section governs the disposition of an employee’s request for a special supersedeas hearing made in connection with a challenge to the suspension or modification of workers’ compensation benefits under sections 413(c) and 413(d) of the act (77 P. S. § 774.2 and 774.3).
(b) A special supersedeas hearing will be held within 21 days of the employee’s filing of the notice of challenge.
(c) During the course of a challenge proceeding, the issues are limited to determining whether the claimant has stopped working or is earning the wages stated in the Notice of Suspension or Modification under sections 413(c) or 413(d) of the act and the challenge shall be decided only on those issues.
(d) If the employer has filed a separate petition requesting supersedeas, the judge may receive evidence and issue a separate decision on the request for supersedeas if the judge determines the claimant will not be prejudiced by the introduction of evidence on the supersedeas request at the time of the challenge proceeding.
(e) The judge to whom the notice of challenge has been assigned will issue a written order on the challenge within 14 days of the hearing.
(f) If the judge fails to hold a hearing within 21 days or fails to issue a written order approving the suspension or modification of benefits within 14 days of the hearing, the insurer shall reinstate the employee’s workers’ compensation benefits at the weekly rate the employee received prior to the insurer’s suspension or modification of benefits under sections 413(c) or 413(d) of the act.
(g) Subsections (a)—(f) supersede 1 Pa. Code § § 35.161, 35.162 and 35.190 (relating to form and admissibility of evidence; reception and ruling on orders; and appeals to agency head from rulings of presiding officers).
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