Workers Comp cases in the State of California come under the jurisdiction of the state’s Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC). They monitor the administration of workers' compensation claims, and provide administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with claims for workers' compensation benefits.
Please click on the following links for more information on this site that would be specific to you:
Worker | Employer | Attorney | Insurer
Or, contact the Department of Industrial Relations for Workers Comp for programs and information concerning:
• Injured Workers
• Claims Administrator
• Self-Insured Employer
• Medical Provider
• Young Workers
If you have questions about your rights, you can attend one of their free, one-hour workshops at a location nearest to you.
If you are an injured worker you and the employer's claims administrator might disagree with what the treating doctor says. There could be other disagreements over medical or legal issues in your claim. A second doctor -- an AME or QME -- has to be called in to address those disagreements. Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs) or Agreed Medical Evaluators (AMEs) examine injured workers to determine the benefits they will receive if there is a disagreement over the treating physician’s opinions.
You might disagree over:
• Whether or not your injury was caused by your work
• Whether or not you need treatment for your injury
• What type of treatment is appropriate
• Whether or not you need to stay home from work to recover
• A permanent disability rating.