What Does the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Do?By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 30, 2013 | In Workers Compensation
In California, workers’ compensation insurance is governed by a complex set of laws and regulations created by the state assembly and enforced by the Division of Workers’ Compensation and other bodies. One key player in the system is the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board is a seven-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Its job is to review cases related to workers’ compensation regulations and to release written opinions on these cases. Each written opinion not only settles the particular case before the Board, but also provides guidance to workers’ compensation insurers, employers, and attorneys for handling similar situations in the future.
An injured worker who is dealing with a dispute regarding his or her benefits may file a petition with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board to have his or her case reconsidered. Often, this step is required when previous attempts to settle the case or to have it resolved satisfactorily by other means have failed. If an injured worker wishes to appeal a decision made by the Board, he or she may file for a writ of review in a local appellate court. An experienced California workers’ compensation lawyer can provide invaluable guidance during this process.
At the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, our experienced southern California workers’ compensation attorneys have helped hundreds of injured workers get the benefits they need after an on-the-job injury or illness has caused serious harm. Contact our office today for a free and confidential case evaluation.