FILING AND SERVICE OF A DECLARATION OF READINESS IS A PREREQUISITE TO THE SETTING OF A
CASE FOR HEARING.
Effect of Filing Application
Filing of this application begins formal proceedings against the defendant(s) named in your application.
Assistance in Filling Out Application
You may request the assistance of an information and assistance officer of the Division of Workers' Compensation.
Right to Attorney
You may be represented by an attorney or agent, or you may represent yourself. The attorney's fee will be set by the
Workers' Compensation Appeals Board at the time the case is decided and is ordinarily payable out of your
Filling Out Application
For "amended" applications, the venue choice must be the same as that specified on the original application, unless an
order changing venue has issued. A street or P.O. Box address within the United States must be entered for the place
where the injury occurred. Therefore, if the injury did not occur at a fixed or identifiable location (such as a field, a
highway,or on water), or if the injury occurred outside of the United States, the employer's business address or another
appropriate address must be specified; however, a short explanation regarding the place of injury may be appended to
the application. If medical treatment has been paid for by Medi-Cal, Medicare, group health insurance, or a private carrier,
Service of Documents
Your attorney or agent will serve all documents in accordance with Labor Code section 5501 and the Workers'
Compensation Appeals Board's Rules of Practice and Procedure.
If you have no attorney or agent, copies of this application will be served by the Workers' Compensation Appeals
Board on all parties. If you file any other document, you must mail or deliver a copy of the document to all parties in the
If any applicant is under 18 years of age, it will be necessary to file a Petition for Appointment of Guardian ad Litem.
Forms for this purpose may be obtained at the district office of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, or by
calling the district office and requesting this form.
DWC/WCAB Form 1A
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