The Internet bas been deluged with all types of workers' compensation-related websites, established by governmental entities, various publications, partisan organizations, private law firms, and even injured workers. Following is a list of free-access websites a practitioner may find helpful in addressing legal and medical issues.

Department of Industrial Relations Sites

Department of Industrial Relations: This is the home page; it is subdivided into Workers' Compensation, OSHA, Labor Law, Apprenticeship, Mediation & Conciliation, and Statistics & Research sections.

Division of Workers' Compensation: Overview of workers' compensation system; guides for injured workers; and information on "DWC Programs and Units."

Workers' Compensation Appeals Board: Decisions, Title 8 regulations, California Labor Code, and individual WCAB office information.

Committee on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation: Videotape on workers' compensation basics, fact sheets for workers, study/project reports, and meeting notices.

Division of Labor Statistics & Research: Wage information and injury/illness statistics.

Self-Insurance Plans: Identifies self insured employers and third-party administrators.

California State Bar Sites

California State Bar: Seminars, ethics hotline, and individual attorney statistics.

California Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Section: Seminar and MCLE audiotape information, CHSWC and Rand study bulletins, and updates on proposed legislation.

Medical Sites

American Chiropractic Association: Treatment information, health tips, health products, seminars, and legislative updates.

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM): Publications, education opportunities, treatment information.

eMedicine: Articles and images on various medical conditions.

Mayo Clinic: Layperson's guide to health issues.

Medical Board of California: List of licensed doctors, laws and regulations, and complaint forms.

RxList: Listing of drugs and their purpose, side effects, and costs (brand and generic).

Virtual Hospital: Digital library of health information, established by the University Iowa.

Legal Research

California Law: San Diego State library site with access to California legislative codes, Constitution, and link to USC Law School state government source guide.

CalLaw: California codes and regulations, local rules of court, State Bar ethics opinions, MCLE requirements, and Judicial Council forms.

FindLaw: Cases, codes, law reviews, MCLE courses, and extensive list of miscellaneous legal links.

Internet Legal Resource Guide: List of over 4,000 law-related websites.

Federal Sites

Federal Department of Labor: Employment standards administration, extensive links section, links, and workplace posters.

Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics: National and regional statistics on occupational illnesses and injuries.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Safety guidelines and regulations.

Publication-Related Sites

Cal-OSHA Reporter: Publications; article abstracts on work safety and injury issues.

Insurance Journal: Magazine about the property and casualty insurance industry.

Workers' Comp Advisor: Sign-up for "flash reports" on California workers' compensation news and article abstracts.

Miscellaneous California State Sites

Contractor State License Board: Shows whether a contractor has a valid license and workers' compensation insurance.

SCIF: Health and safety seminars, news items, and products and services.