In Pennsylvania Workers Compensation, what happens if my claim petition is not answered?

Over the past eight weeks, for some reason, I have had three different claim petitions filed on behalf in injured workers in which the employer and its insurance carrier failed to file a timely answer.  Kind of odd.  That is more than I have had in the prior two years.  So what happens then? First, what is a timely answer?  Under the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, an employer and insurance carrier has 20 days to answer a claim petition for…

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