Prehearings and Settlements

Prehearings

A Prehearing Conference (PHC) provides an opportunity for parties to have a prehearing administrative law judge (PALJ) assist them in resolving or simplifying any workers’ compensation issue, including issues set for formal adjudication (hearing) before an administrative law judge (ALJ) in the Office of Administrative Courts (OAC).  

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Settlement Conferences

Settlement Conferences are informal meetings between opposing parties to the claim where the parties attempt to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of their dispute. They are not fact finding hearings, and no determination of any issue set for hearing is entered at a settlement conferences. Settlement discussions may take place between the parties themselves, or they may request the assistance of a PALJ. These conferences are voluntary, and are scheduled only when all parties agree to participate. Participants typically include injured workers, attorneys and insurance adjusters.

Uniform Settlement Agreements ("USAs")

Arbitrations

At any time before a hearing, the parties may agree to submit any workers' compensation dispute to binding arbitration before a PALJ of their choice. When arbitration is conducted by a PALJ, an award is entered that is binding on both sides and cannot be appealed to a higher court. 

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Division of Workers' Compensation
Prehearing Conference Unit
633 17th Street, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80202
303-318-8736 (Setting Line)
303-318-8721 (Main Number)
303-318-8740 (Fax)