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CA Workers' Compensation Appeals

Helping Injured Workers Across Woodland Hills

Thousands of Workers' Compensation applications are wrongfully denied every year. A majority of these denials are often due to technicalities in paperwork or insufficient evidence proving the work-related injury. If your Workers' Compensation application has been denied, contact The Law Offices of Gary Rodich and have our Woodland Hills lawyers guide you through the appeals process. We have been through the appeals process thousands of times and have an in-depth understanding of what it takes to obtain the benefits you deserve.

Steps to Appealing Workers' Compensation

  • Fill out an Application for Adjudication of Claim form and submit it to your local DWC office.
  • The DWC office will confirm it has received your application and assign a case number. This number should be used on all documents related to your claim.
  • File a Declaration of Readiness to Proceed. This form requests a hearing with a Judge. During the hearing, the judge will look over your case and attempt to reach a settlement with the claims administrator.
  • If a settlement is not successful, a Trial can be scheduled before another judge, who will make a decision.
  • If you would like to appeal the Judge's decision to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, you can file a Petition for Reconsideration within 20 days.
  • These steps are extremely complicated and unless you have intimate knowledge of the system should not be attempted on your own.

Appealing a Workers' Comp Denial in California

In the state of California, you are able to request a hearing in front of a Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) judge by filing a Declaration of Readiness to Proceed form. This informal trial gives you an opportunity to plead your case to a judge in an attempt to appeal the denial. The judge will hear both sides of the case - yours and the insurance company's - and then decide whether the claim should be accepted or not.

Our legal team can help you build a strong case using medical evidence and seeking the evaluation of an independent medical specialist who can provide non-biased evidence.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Start by contacting an attorney at our law firm and discussing your denied claim. We can review your situation and advise you on how to proceed with your appeals. With decades of experience behind us, we can provide effective guidance through every step of the process.


Take action immediately, as claims are time-sensitive. Contact us at (818) 403-3737.