Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEBTF) & Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF)

Office Closure Information

All Division of Workers’ Compensation district offices are open.

  • Eureka office is permanently online as of July 1.

Judges' Conference Lines Updated August 20

Alternative filing during COVID-19

  • In light of the continued state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to facilitate other methods of filing in line with the newslines issued on April 3 and April 28, and pursuant to the WCAB’s en banc order issued on April 6, documents subject to a statutory time limit may be sent by e-mail directly to the district offices pursuant to AD Rule 10205.7(c) where the filing party could not otherwise e-file, JET file or file the document by mail. Refer to the district office page for e-mail and other contact information.

Interrupted Services

  • Refer to the September 9 newsline for detailed information regarding services starting September 14.
  • Disability Evaluation Unit continues to accept consultative and summary rating requests by mail or efiling. Commutation calculation requests can be requested by mail.
  • Open for essential services only:
    • DWC Medical Unit
    • Return-to-Work Supplement Program
    • Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund
    • Legal Unit
    • Subsequent Injuries Benefit Trust Fund

Updated August 20

Two special funds pay claims to injured workers under certain circumstances.

Claims are paid from the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEBTF) when illegally uninsured employers fail to pay workers' compensation benefits awarded to their injured employees by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Certain steps must be taken before and after the issuance of an award in order to receive benefits from the UEBTF. How to file a claim with the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund is a guide offering detailed steps to pursue a claim for benefits from the UEBTF.

The Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF) is a source of additional compensation to injured workers who already had a disability or impairment at the time of injury. For benefits to be paid from the SIBTF, the combined effect of the injury and the previous disability or impairment must result in a permanent disability of at least 70 percent. The fund enables employers to hire disabled workers without fear of being held liable for the effects of previous disabilities or impairments. SIBTF benefit checks are issued to injured workers by the SIBTF Claims Unit after benefits are awarded by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Application for subsequent injuries fund benefits is the required application for SIBTF benefits.

Filing a claim with the UEBTF

If you were injured on the job and think your employer was illegally uninsured, you may apply to the UEBTF for any benefits to which you might be entitled. Filing a workers' compensation claim with the UEBTF is a complicated process. Contact an information and assistance officer at a local DWC district office for information and assistance. The UEBTF does not require a separate application for benefits; however, an application for adjudication of claim should be filed before requesting benefits from the UEBTF. Fact sheets and guides for injured worker are available from DWC's Information and Assistance Unit.


Directory of UEBTF/SIBTF offices

UEBTF locations District office served
UEBTF South (Los Angeles)
320 West 4th Street, Suite 690
Los Angeles, CA 90013 2350
(213) 576-7300
Anaheim, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oxnard, Marina Del Rey, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Ana
UEBTF North (Oakland)
1515 Clay Street, Floor 17
Oakland, CA 94612 2404
(510) 286-7067
Bakersfield, Eureka, Fresno, Oakland, Pomona, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Van Nuys
SIBTF locations District office served
SIBTF Sacramento
1750 Howe Avenue, Suite 370
Sacramento, CA 95825-3367
(916) 928-4601
all locations

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Email dwc@dir.ca.gov


January 2021