The administrative judge makes necessary inquiries and investigations, and may require and receive reports of injury, signed statements of the employee and other witnesses, medical and hospital reports and records, and such other oral and written matter to enable the judge to determine whether weekly compensation or payment of medical and hospital bills are due. MGL c. 152, § 10A(1); 452 CMR § 1.10(3).

Practice Note

Administrative judges rarely, if ever, conduct their own investigations.