The following links and resources are provided by the Law Offices of Dulio R. Chavez, II & Associates for the benefit of individuals seeking information on California workers’ compensation, personal injury law and traffic safety, or criminal law and defense. These resources are intended to give you the information you need to make informed decisions about how to proceed after a workplace accident or other injury or after an arrest. For more information or immediate assistance in any of these areas in Pasadena, Los Angeles or California statewide, call the Law Offices of Dulio R. Chavez, II & Associates at 626-357-3303 for a free consultation.
California Workers’ Compensation Resources
Links to the agencies in charge of workplace safety and California workers’ comp claims, denials and appeals
Division of Workers’ Compensation – The DWC is the agency in charge of administering workers’ compensation claims and is in charge of utilization reviews, independent medical reviews, qualified medical evaluators, and more. Information for the injured worker can be found here, and you can also get answers to frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation.
Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board – If you disagree with a decision made by a workers’ comp administrative law judge in your case, you can petition the WCAB for reconsideration.
Permanent Disability Rating Schedule – Once your medical condition becomes “permanent and stationary” or you’ve reached “maximum medical improvement,” this guide will be used to calculate a permanent disability rating which affects how long you can receive workers’ comp.
California Labor and Workforce Development Agency – All of the major agencies regulating worker safety, including the DWC and Cal/OSHA, are run out of this agency.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration – This agency publishes workplace safety standards for the construction industry and other occupations and also investigates complaints of unsafe workplaces. For more resources on workplace safety, visit the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) or Cal/OSHA.
California Personal Injury Resources
Links and helpful information to prevent or deal with car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, defective product injuries and brain injury
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – The NHTSA is a U.S. government agency dedicated to traffic safety. Find information here on distracted driving, drunk driving, vehicle safety recalls, and more.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety – This not-for-profit conducts research into traffic safety and shares information about safe driving for seniors, teens and other vulnerable road users.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – The FMCSA regulates the commercial trucking industry and publishes regulations regarding maximum hours of service for truck drivers, semi-truck size and weight limits, and other factors related to preventing truck accidents and crashes.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center – The PBIC aims to improve safe walking and bicycling in local communities. You’ll find statistics and discussion guides here, along with other tools and resources. For bicycle resources specific to California, visit this page at the California DMV.
California Department of Motor Vehicles – The DMV provides important information about auto liability insurance requirements. You can also use this website to find a DMV driver safety office, get a salvage certificate for a vehicle, or request your driving record.
California Department of Transportation – At the CalTrans website, you can submit a claim for personal property damage caused by the agency, report a traffic issue or pothole or submit a request for maintenance.
Consumer Product Safety Commission – Stay on top of the latest product safety recalls of consumer goods. For a more comprehensive list of recalls covering consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine and cosmetics, visit www.recalls.gov.
Brain Injury Association of America – If you or a family member suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident, this website can help you understand the implications of TBI and find resources in your area.
California Criminal Law Resources
Links to information on what to do after an arrest, how to appear in court, pretrial release, DUI and driver’s license suspense, California penal laws, incarcerated inmates and more
State Bar of California – Go here to download the consumer pamphlet What Should I Know if I am Arrested? This guide explains your rights to remain silent and have an attorney and explains crucial steps in the arrest process such as the arraignment and preliminary hearing. You’ll also find important information about searches and arrests with or without a warrant.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County – This court handles criminal cases involving misdemeanors, felonies and infractions in LA. Visit the criminal division section of the website to search for a case or learn important legal terms and rules for appearing in court. See the page on bail schedules to earn how bail may be computed for a felony, misdemeanor or infraction. Note that cash bail is ending in October 2019. See our FAQs page for more information.
California Department of Motor Vehicles – This page at the DMV website contains general information about DUI arrests in California, including license suspension and reinstatement issues.
California Penal Code – Use this link to search the penal code for specific crimes and criminal procedure.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Use this website to locate an inmate or find a correctional facility, or to plan a visit to a friend or family member who is currently incarcerated.