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Electronic Case Filing
The Workers' Compensation Administration requires represented parties to e-file documents. The case filing system provides electronic access to the schedule and/or calendar information through the eServices page.
Rules and Statutes
New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration Rules are procedural regulations that pertain to a variety of matters critical to processes in the workers' compensation system, including data reporting payment of claims, claims resolution and other general provisions.
New Mexico's Statutes pertaining to workers' compensation can be found in Chapter 52 of the New Mexico Statuted Annotated (NMSA).
Following a public comment period, including a public hearing on October 27, 2017, the director of the Workers’ Compensation Administration has repealed rule 11.4.4 NMAC titled Workers’ Compensation – Claims Resolution and replaced it with a new 11.4.4 NMAC, titled Workers’ Compensation – Claims Resolution, adopted November 13, 2017 and effective January 1, 2018. NMSA 1978, Sections §§ 52-5-4 (2003) and 52-4-3 (1990) authorize the director to adopt reasonable rules, regulations, and fee schedules.
See the Final Rule (Rule 4, effective 1/1/2018).
Expedited Lump-Sum Payments
In an effort to provide a streamlined option in the resolution of disputes, the New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration designates an on-call pro tempore judge every Tuesday morning for the purposes of hearing only stipulated lump-sum payment petitions under NMSA § 52-5-12 (D). Hearings are not held during the holiday weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's.
The process is strictly voluntary. Hearings are held on a first come, first served, walk-in basis. The WCA does not accept calls to schedule appointments for "Lump Sum Tuesday" and there is no sign-up sheet. Video hearings are not conducted. Telephonic hearings – where all parties appear by telephone – are not conducted.
In order to participate in this process, the parties must have fulfilled the following requirements before their petition will be heard by the judge pro tempore:
1. A signed Petition for Lump Sum Payment form has been filed with the WCA Clerk of the Court;
2. The WCA Clerk of the Court has reviewed the petition and proposed order and certified that no liens are on file with the WCA;
3. The parties have agreed on and signed a proposed Order approving the § 52-5-12 Lump Sum Payment that will be presented to the judge at the time of hearing; and
4. The parties have completed and filed a Joint Request for Expedited Section 52-5-12 Hearing form certifying that all of the above requirements have been met.
Parties should be aware that failure to follow the outlined process will result in their petition not being presented to the judge pro tempore. We hope that this process will reduce the delays in approving lump sums.
Any questions can be directed to Heather Jordan, Clerk of the Court, at (505) 841-6028.
Recent Trial Decisions
WCA judges' recent trial decisions are listed according to the case number.
Official Disability Guidelines
The Work Loss Data Institute’s (WLDI) Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) is in effect under Part 7 of the WCA Rules for the treatment of workers’ compensation injuries. All medical services rendered for recommended treatment contained in the ODG are presumed reasonable and necessary. The ODG provides insurers and attorneys with current information on allowable medical services and treatments.
The Official Disability Guidelines is a subscription-based site. For subscription or general ODG information, visit: http://worklossdata.com
Find FAQ’s about the ODG.
Meet our Judges and Mediators
The WCA's Adjudication and Dispute Resolution Bureau has its own administrative court to resolve disputed cases. The court is staffed by administrative law judges and professional mediators. The WCA's Adjudication and Dispute Resolution Bureau handles all complaints that fall under workers' compensation law.
Meet our Judges.
Meet our Mediators.