§23-5-13. Continuances and supplemental hearings; claims not to be
denied on technicalities.
It is the policy of this chapter that the rights of claimants
for workers' compensation be determined as speedily and
expeditiously as possible to the end that those incapacitated by
injuries and the dependents of deceased workers may receive
benefits as quickly as possible in view of the severe economic
hardships which immediately befall the families of injured or
deceased workers. Therefore, the criteria for continuances and
supplemental hearings "for good cause shown" are to be strictly
construed by the chief administrative law judge and his or her
authorized representatives to prevent delay when granting or
denying continuances and supplemental hearings. It is also the
policy of this chapter to prohibit the denial of just claims of
injured or deceased workers or their dependents on technicalities.