§ 131.32. Petitions except petitions for joinder and challenge proceedings.

 (a)  Petitions shall be in the form prescribed by the Department.

 (b)  Any petition, filed in accordance with this chapter, shall be filed with the Department as prescribed by the form. If there is no applicable Department petition form available, an original of the petition shall be filed with the Department. The Department will serve a notice of assignment specifying the judge to whom the petition has been assigned. The notice will be served on the parties named in the petition.

 (c)  Concurrently with filing the petition with the Department, the moving party shall serve a copy of the petition on all other parties, including the insurance carrier, if the insurance carrier is known, and on the attorneys of all other parties, if the attorneys are known.

 (d)  The material facts on which a cause of action or defense is based shall be stated in a concise and summary form.

 (e)  Subsections (a)—(d) supersede 1 Pa. Code § §  31.26, 33.15, 33.21—33.23, 33.31, 33.32, 33.37, 35.1, 35.2, 35.5—35.7, 35.9—35.11, 35.14, 35.17—35.20, 35.23, 35.24 and 35.27—35.32.


   The provisions of this §  131.32 amended under sections 401.1, 435(a) and (c) and 1608 of the Workers’ Compensation Act (77 P. S. § §  710, 991(a) and (c) and 2708); section 2205 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  565); and section 414 of The Pennsylvania Occupational Disease Act (77 P. S. §  1514).


   The provisions of this §  131.32 adopted November 6, 1981, effective November 7, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 4015; amended March 29, 1991, effective March 30, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 1401; amended December 6, 2002, effective December 7, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 6043; amended December 19, 2014, effective December 20, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 7837. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (345985) to (345986).

Notes of Decisions

   Workers’ compensation judge committed an error of law by assuming that a late answer by an employer is justified, regardless of the delay by the employer, whenever a claimant fails to serve the employer with a copy of the petition at the time it is filed with the Bureau. Ghee v. Workmen’s Compensation Appeal Board, 705 A.2d 487 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1997); appeal denied 725 A.2d 184 (Pa. 1998).

Cross References

   This section cited in 34 Pa. Code §  131.121 (relating to penalty proceedings initiated by a party).

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