What happens if I don’t go to a worker’s compensation pre-trial?

My mom has been summoned to a worker’s comp pre-trial. She doesn’t have a lawyer. The petition for review to the Industrial Action Board (DE) has “failure to sign agreement(s) / receipt(s)”. I’m trying to help her but I don’t understand what this pre-trial is, what will happen there, or what will happen if she doesn’t go.

Asked on December 10, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Delaware


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your mother fails to attend the administrative hearing that you have written about her claim very well could get dismissed or she could get sanctioned. I suggest that she retain a lawyer experienced in worker's compensation matters to assist and if she cannot afford one, she contact her local legal aid clinic.

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