California Workers’ Compensation Resources from Experienced Workplace Accident Attorneys
The workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Sef Krell in Encino offer the following resources for the benefit of injured workers and others looking for information regarding workers’ compensation in California. If you need advice or representation regarding a workers’ compensation claim or a Los Angeles workplace injury, illness or accident, please contact the Law Offices of Sef Krell to speak with one of our experienced workers’ comp lawyers.
The mission of the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is to improve working conditions for California’s wage earners by defending workplace rights, improving safety and health in the workplace, and protecting injured workers with effective workers’ compensation procedures. DIR administers and enforces wage and hour laws as well as workplace safety, health and medical care, and other benefits for injured workers.
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is the arm of the DIR responsible for monitoring the administration of workers’ compensation claims and providing administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes regarding workers’ compensation benefits.
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) reviews decisions of DWC administrative law judges regarding petitions for reconsideration.
If your employer was illegally uninsured when you were injured, you may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits through the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEBTF).
If you already had a disability or impairment at the time of your injury, you may be eligible for additional compensation through the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF).
The Commission on Health, Safety & Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is a joint labor-management body charged with recommending changes to laws or regulations to improve the operation of the state’s health and safety and workers’ compensation systems.
The Department of Insurance Fraud Assessment Commission is tasked with the investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud. The Commission was originally a five-member body composed solely of representatives of workers’ compensation insurers, employers, self-insurers, the State Compensation Insurance Fund, and an ex-officio member, but it has since been amended to include two seats to represent labor on the seven-member commission.
Part of the California Economic Development Partnership, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency aims to improve the well-being of the state’s workforce.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes and enforces federal standards for safe and healthful working conditions. At the state level, this function is performed by the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
Further research into the prevention of work-related injuries is conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH ).
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) administers the state’s disability insurance program, as well as unemployment benefits and paid family leave. Visit here for disability insurance information, to determine eligibility for disability, or to file a claim for disability.