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Office Of Judges

Contact Information

Telephone:
  (304) 558-0852 or  (304) 558-1686
Facsimile:
  (304) 558-1021
Correspondence:
  
WV Office of Judges
  PO Box 2233
  Charleston, West Virginia 25328
Physical Address:
  
One Players Club Drive
  Charleston, West Virginia 25302

Beckley Field Office:
  
109 East Main Street
  Beckley, West Virginia 25801
  (304) 256-6730
Business Hours
  
(Mon-Fri) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Eastern Standard Time

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Introduction
The Workers’ Compensation Office of Judges conducts hearings, receives and weighs evidence and arguments and then issues written decisions in appeals (known as protests) from initial claim management decisions made by insurance carriers or by self-insured employers or their agents. Our goal is to resolve these protests in a fair, efficient, and timely manner. We are strictly neutral and do not assist, or take the side of, the injured worker, the employer, or the claims adjustor.  
Overview

All workers’ compensation claims are administered by either by a private insurance carrier or by a limited number of self-insured employers. All claims management decisions are made either by claims adjustors of the private insurance carrier or by similar employees of the self-insured employer. Any claims management decision by either the private carrier or a self-insured employer may be contested and appealed.

All appeals (called ‘protests’) from claim management decisions of the private carrier or self-insured employer are resolved by the Office of Judges. The Office of Judges establishes a deadline for the filing of evidence (called a Time Frame). After all parties have been allowed an opportunity to submit evidence and argument to the Office of Judges, a written decision is issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Any decision of an ALJ may then be appealed to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review. No new evidence can be submitted to the Board of Review, which reviews the decision of the ALJ and either upholds (affirms) or changes (reverses or modifies) that decision.


Any party may then ask the W.Va. Supreme Court of Appeals to review the decision of the Board of Review. A review is not automatic, but is granted only at the discretion of the Court.
Note: I-AIMS application will be off-line during the following period for data migration:
 01/13/2012 2pm through 01/23/2012 Claim Status Report Available
to Attorneys Who Represent a Party to a Claim

Hearing Venue Locations

Hearing Venues

Hearings are held in the municipalities listed below. Specific locations vary, subject to availability of accommodations. If a hearing is scheduled in your claim, you will receive written notice of the time and place for you to appear.

BECKLEY 
109 East Main Street
Beckley, WV 25801

CHARLES TOWN 
The Inn at Charles Town
100 Hollywood Drive
Charles Town, WV 25414

 

CHARLESTON
Office of Judges
One Players' Club Drive
Charleston, WV 25311

PARKERSBURG
Municipal Building
Municipal Courtroom
Parkersburg, WV 26101

 

ELKINS
Davis & Elkins Conference Center
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241

WHEELING
Board of Trade Building
80 - 12th Street
Suite 607
Wheeling, WV 26003
FAIRMONT
Marion County Courthouse, County Comm.
219 Adams St. (4th Floor)
Fairmont, WV 26554