What is a WISC in New York Workers Compensation
What is a WISCWISC is short-hand for Walk In Stipulation Calendar. The original idea was to be able to have the injured worker/attorney and insurance company agree on disputed or unsettled issues in a case and instead of waiting for a hearing, they can just walk into a special hearing part and have it approved.
What do you agree to in the WISC hearing partBasically, the Walk In Stipulation Calendar is used to settle your case. If for instance each sides doctor has a different finding you can agree on how to settle the case. Normally you would wait weeks for a hearing and final approval. In the WISC part, you prepare a written stipulation/agreement, you show up at the hearing (court), the judge reviews it to make sure everyone understands and approves the stipulated settlement. It makes things faster.
What happens after the WISC, how long does it takeOnce the stipulated agreement is approved the Judge will say so on the record and file a written decision. This decision usually takes a few days to be sent to all the parties and then the Insurance company must pay the award within ten days of the
"date of filing" of the decision. However, if for some reason either side wants to back out you can do that up to thirty days after the decision unless the insurance company already pays the decision. But if you do that the Workers Compensation Board will not look favorably on your claim unless you are claiming something like complete misunderstanding on failure to provide proper information.
However, most "Stips" are usually agreed to and 'mutual misunderstanding' is very rare since the Law Judge spells it out for everyone to understand.