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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1. Administrative Director--Administrative Rules
Article 5.1 . Spinal Second Opinion Procedure

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§9788.11. Form for Employer's Objection To Report Of Treating Physician Recommending Spinal Surgery.

DWC form 233 (.pdf document)

This form, together with the report of the treating physician containing the recommendation for treatment which is objected to, is to be mailed to the Administrative Director, Medical Unit, P.O. Box 8888, San Francisco, CA 94128-8888, and copies served by mail or physical delivery or fax on the employee, employee's attorney, and treating physician. The objection form and report may be served on the employee, employee's attorney, and treating physician by fax, but only if prior consent has been obtained from the recipient to be served by fax. This form may not be served on the Administrative Director by fax. This Objection must be sent within ten (10) days of the first receipt by any of the employer, insurance carrier, or administrator, of the treating physician's report containing the recommendation.


The form contains two declarations to be signed under penalty of perjury. The first is a declaration specifying the date that the report containing the treating physician's recommendation was first received by the employer, insurance carrier, or administrator. The second declaration specifies the date and manner of serving of the objection.

The form includes two versions of the declaration specifying the date of receipt of the report. Only one version needs to be completed. Version A shall be completed by an employee having personal knowledge of the facts of when the report was received, such as the person who opened the mail. Version B shall be completed by an employee who knows from the date stamp when the report was received, if all mail to the firm is date-stamped on the date it is received, the signer is readily knowledgeable about the policy, the policy is consistently followed, and the report bears a legible date stamp.

The declaration regarding service of the objection must be signed by the person having knowledge of how the report was served.


Authority cited: Sections 133 and 5307.3, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 4062(b) and 4600, Labor Code.


1. New section filed 7-2-2004 as an emergency; operative 7-2-2004 (Register 2004, No. 27). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 11-1-2004 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.

2. Certificate of Compliance as to 7-2-2004 order, including repealer and new form, transmitted to OAL 11-1-2004 and filed 12-15-2004 (Register 2004, No. 51).

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