(a) Interrogatories shall be allowed without motion in dependency cases.
(b) Interrogatories shall be allowed without motion where the injured worker is treated by the employer's physician and where medical information is not available to the worker.
(c) The employer shall be required to furnish or make available for inspection and copying all records of medical treatment, examinations and diagnostic studies authorized by the respondent. The respondent shall have the same right when the worker is treated by his or her own physician. If either party fails to furnish said information within 30 days of receipt of demand of records, it may be responsible to reimburse its adversary for the cost of procuring the same.
(d) Interrogatories shall be allowed without motion in cases of review or modification of a prior award on the grounds of increase or decrease of disability. The party seeking such review or modification shall furnish the adversary party with a chronology of the pertinent events from the date of the last award or judgment to the filing of the petition for the increase or decrease of disability indicating the essential facts upon which the petition is grounded.
(e) Interrogatories in those cases allowed without motion shall be served by the petitioner not later than 30 days after service of the answer to the petition and by the respondent not later than 15 days after the service of its answer. Answers to the interrogatories shall be served within 45 days after service of the interrogatories. A Judge of Compensation upon motion for good cause may enlarge the time provided for service of answers. Supplemental interrogatories may be allowed on motion for good cause shown.
(f) In occupational disease cases, a party may propound interrogatories only by demanding in the initial pleading that the opposing party answer the standard form interrogatories as listed in N.J.A.C. 12:235-14.1. The demand shall be stated in the claim petition by the petitioner and in the answer by the respondent immediately following signature. Interrogatory answers shall be served by all parties within 90 days from the filing of respondent's answer to the claim petition. A Judge of Compensation upon motion for good cause may extend the time provided for service of answers. Supplemental interrogatories may be allowed on motion for good cause shown.
(g) Interrogatories may be allowed in other cases, upon motion, for good cause shown.
(h) Depositions of witnesses may be allowed, upon motion, for good cause shown.
(i) If timely response to a discovery demand has not been provided under this rule and no motion for an extension has been made, the party entitled to the discovery may move, on notice, for an order dismissing the claim petition for lack of prosecution or suppressing the defenses of the delinquent party which are pertinent to the unanswered interrogatories. See N.J.A.C. 12:235-3.3. Such noncompliance may also be the subject of an enforcement action under N.J.A.C.12:235-3.14. Failure to move to dismiss the claim petition or suppress defenses, as appropriate, prior to the first trial date shall be deemed a waiver of a discovery demand.