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How to start a California Workers Compensation Claim


“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S. I want it straight up, with no double talk. I figure you do also. I always use plain English, with no sugarcoating, no B.S. lawyer talk, and no double talk-just old fashioned, unsweetened, unvarnished truth-just the way that I would want it.” -Bill Turley


The First Step

When handling your work injury case, nothing matters more than the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straightforward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugarcoat their injury and the courts throw out the case. Why? All because they were not honest from the get-go.

The Next Step

If you've been injured on the job, you probably have a ton of questions. I understand. You are concerned about your family and your livelihood. My suggestion is the next step you should take before anything else is to read my book, Win Your Injury Case. I wrote it to help folks like you, good people who got hurt on the job. You can order a free copy and I will cover the shipping too.

Starting A California Workers' Compensation Claim

In order to start a workers compensation claim in California, you must first give your employer "notice" of the injury, or tell them that you are injured. Once you notify your employer, your employer is supposed to provide you with a worker's compensation injury claim form. A copy of the California workers compensation claim form (Form DWC-1) is provided in the "Forms" section of this book.

Whether your employer gives you a claim form or you obtain one for yourself, you are supposed to fill it out and give it to your employer. There is a section that your employer is supposed to fill out. Then, your employer is supposed to give a completed copy back to you. By submitting this claim form to your employer, you are formally initiating your worker's compensation claim.

Caution should be taken in how the workers compensation claim form (DWC-1) is filled out. Remember, everything that is placed on the form can and will be used against you in a court of law, namely, the WCAB or the Superior Court in a third-party case. It is best to have a seasoned workers' compensation attorney help you fill out the form. However, absent that, a few considerations should be kept in mind.


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Helping You Make The Tough Decisions

The California workers compensation lawyers at The Turley Law Firm understand how devastating a serious work injury can be. You are immediately thrust into a situation you didn't ask for and certainly didn't expect. Your life has been disrupted. It can be very stressful. The decisions you make regarding your serious work injury case may affect you for the rest of your life. Where to turn to? What to do?

The work injury lawyers at The Turley Law firm have been helping workers just like you since the 1980's. Bill Turley has been teaching other lawyers how to handle work injury cases since the 1990's. Bill is regularly published in prestigious legal publications and he lectures / teaches other lawyers about work injury law. He has been teaching other lawyers because he knows how to help seriously injured workers and their families survive and successfully win their work injury cases.

We have helped Hundreds, if not thousands, of injured workers put their life back together. We will help you rebuild your life and get back to being who you used to be. We want to be there for you and help you get the compensation you deserve. Let us meet you and discuss how we can help you prevail in your work injury case.


We Can Help - Today

We are ready to help you immediately. You deserve help from a lawyer who understands your situation and how to help you in this difficult time. We fight hard to get you the best medical care. We fight hard to get you all the compensation which you are entitled under the law. Our goal is help you get your life back together.

Why Trust The Turley & Mara Law Firm 

Since 1987, The Turley & Mara Law Firm has worked tirelessly to help their clients recover. This includes recovering from their Work injury and/or personal injury physically, emotionally and monetarily
* Their firm is respected throughout California's legal community and courts

* The highest rated San Diego Workers Compensation Lawyer in San Diego by AVVO.com
* Voted Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney in San Diego
* Elected President of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
* Elected to Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California
* Lectures to other lawyers.
* Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Trial Master

* Super Lawyer 2011-2017

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William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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