The Supreme Court in West Virginia is considering two cases that could have longstanding impact on how workers’ compensation claims in the state are handled going forward.

In two cases before the Justices, insurance commissioner Jane Cline supports employers as a friend of the court.

Employers in those cases seek to declare files inactive after six months without medical service, while employees argue for a five year wait.

“As West Virginia enters the private market era, the Office of Insurance Commissioner believes that insurance companies should be permitted to function with routine operating procedures to which they are accustomed nationwide,” Rebecca Roush wrote for Cline.