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Resources

The attorneys at Rocha & Schmidt provide the following links for the benefit of injured workers and their families seeking information on workers’ compensation and workplace injuries. We hope these resources are helpful to you. If you need additional information, or if you are filing a workers’ compensation claim and need an attorney to represent you throughout the process, contact Rocha & Schmidt at our San Jose office.

California Workers’ Compensation Resources

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) of the California Department of Industrial Relations monitors the administration of workers’ compensation claims and provides administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with claims for workers’ compensation benefits. Their website guides the injured worker through how to file a claim and what to do if your claim is accepted or denied.

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) is the judicial body which reviews petitions for reconsideration of decisions made by workers’ compensation judges

The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association is the most powerful and most knowledgeable legal voice for the injured workers of California. One section of their website is designed specifically for injured workers and provides legal definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, injured workers’ stories, an attorney search, and other interesting and valuable information for victims of a workplace injury.

Voters Injured at Work is a non-profit political advocacy organization of injured workers and their families established for the purpose of protecting and enforcing California’s constitutional guarantee of a fair and adequate system of compensating workers and their dependents for injury or disability from a work injury.

Other Work Injury Resources

If your work injury has rendered you unable to work, you may be entitled to social security disability benefits. This website at the Social Security Administration allows you to apply online for benefits. Keep in mind that nearly two-thirds of all applications for social security disability benefits are initially denied, so you may benefit by hiring an attorney to help you through the claims process or to appeal a denial of your application.

If you were injured by a third party during the course of your employment, you may be able to seek money damages in a civil lawsuit. If you were injured in an automobile accident, you may want to visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles for driving record information, such as prior accidents and convictions. If you were injured due to a defective product, you find useful information at the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

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