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INDUSTRIAL INSUR NEW APPEALS SPECIALIST

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INDUSTRIAL INSUR NEW APPEALS SPECIALIST
425P
Abolished Date: 2015-08-14

Definition

Examines and researches new appeals filed with the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and determines the Board's jurisdiction to hear the appeals.  Prepares initial appeal files and a statement of the historical and jurisdictional facts relating to the appeals.

Typical Work

Independently researches documents filed with the Board and Department of Labor and Industries' case files to determine the Board's jurisdiction to hear the appeal; 

Researches and prepares a statement of the historical and jurisdictional facts relating to each appeal; 

Processes new appeals and letters of protest; 

Exercises independent judgement in distinguishing and identifying protests and appeals; assigns docket numbers to all new appeal cases received; 

Informs appellants of necessary amendments/changes to be filed with the agency; 

Prepares orders granting or denying appeals within thirty-day statutory time limits, or exercises discretionary extensions when necessary; 

Researches case to determine interested parties, appropriate hearing locations, issues on appeal and relief sought; 

Prepares initial hard copy file of all new appeals for the Industrial Appeals Judges; 

Researches and enters data on agency computer system as necessary; 

Researches microfiche documents to prepare original files and historical/jurisdictional fact sheets; 

Trains new employees as necessary; 

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  data processing and microfiche equipment; statutes, case law and regulations concerning industrial insurance, industrial safety and health and crime victim compensation; medical and legal terminology. 

Ability to:  operate computer, microfiche and word processing equipment; interpret complex statutes, rules and procedures and assure their consistent application in determining jurisdictional authority; write clear, concise, and accurate correspondence and reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with claimants, physicians, attorneys, other employees, and the public.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience in claim investigation or industrial insurance claims management at the administrative level or as a Legal Secretary. 

OR 

Graduation from an accredited 2-year paralegal or legal assistant program.  

OR 

AA degree including at least 20 semester or 30 quarter hours of paralegal course work.   

Additional education will substitute, year for year, for experience provided that the 20 semester or 30 quarter hours of paralegal course work is included.   

NOTE:  These positions require occupational level typing (accurately type minimum of 40 words per minute).

Class Specification History

New class: 11-9-90
New class code: (formerly 09980) effective July 1, 2007

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