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Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney In San Diego

Welcome to The Law Office of Thomas M. DeBenedetto. As an experienced lawyer in San Diego since 1992 our firm is here to help you obtain the maximum benefits from a work-related injury.

Please schedule a free consultation today to discuss your options for recovering compensation.

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Why Choose Thomas M. DeBenedetto, Esq.

Over the last 25 years, the California workers’ compensation system has undergone major legislative hauls, which the legislature calls reforms. Injured workers now face the loss of more benefits, increased delay, and almost exclusive control over their medical care in the hands of big business and insurance companies. Instead of trying to work through an overwhelming, complex and unfair workers’ compensation system, hire our law firm.

Thomas DeBenedetto has a proven track record of successfully representing clients with work-related injuries for over 31 years. Our law firm and associates have more than 55 years of combined expertise to secure the best possible compensation benefits on your behalf.

We are proud to be distinguished as one of the top workers’ compensation law firms in San Diego.

Thomas DeBenedetto • Since 1992

We Never Make Promises
We Can’t Deliver

Call Us Now To Schedule a Free Initial Consultation
with an Experienced, Ethical & Caring Workers'
Compensation Attorney in San Diego.

Remember, You Have Rights, Don’t Be a Victim!

Awards and Affiliations

Our Practice Areas

  • Work-related Injuries | Workplace Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Benefits
  • Unlawful Treatment for Injured Employees

Over 31 Years Experience Litigating Workers' Compensation Claims

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Our Firm Has Recovered Over
1 Billion In Benefits

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FREE Same Day Case

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If We Don’t Win Your Case,
You Pay No Fees, Ever

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Immediate Medical
Treatment For Your Injuries

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Denied & Delayed Work
Injury Cases Accepted

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Mileage Reimbursement For All Medical Appointments

You Are Entitled to Medical Care from Physical or Psychological Injury Sustained on the Job

According to California law your employment does not have to be the sole cause of the injury but rather a contributing factor which is equivalent to 1%. If your work has aggravated a pre-existing injury whether that injury occurred while working or elsewhere, you are entitled to medical care under California Law.

Typical Injuries sustained by California employees that qualify for
Workers’ Compensation

Bodily Injury

Bodily Injury

Specific injuries to any body part such as neck, back, knees, shoulders, hands, etc.

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel

Cumulative or injuries which occur over the course of time due to repetitive work such as carpal tunnel.

Hostile Work Environment

Hostile Work Environment

Hostile work environment causing stress, anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Head Injuries

Head injuries

Head injuries Resulting in concussions or mild to severe traumatic brain injury.



Amputations or loss of limb due to catastrophic injuries

Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Exposure to infectious diseases resulting in injury.

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure or aggravation of High Blood Pressure due to chronic pain, stress and/or weight gain from a physical injury.



Diabetes or of diabetes due to chronic pain, stress and/or weight gain from a physical injury.



Gastrointestinal (Stomach) issues due to chronic pain, stress and/or weight gain from a physical injury.



Any side effects which result from taking medication for your work-related injury.

Vision Loss

Vision Loss

Vision Loss or hearing loss as a result of your work environment.

Our Promise To You

Prompt & Personalized Service For Our Clients

From your first call to signing the dotted line on your settlement, you can always expect a call back with an updated status on your case within 24 hours. Our firm operates with the golden rule, treat others as you would want to be treated.

Decades Of Combined Experience

Combined, our workers’ compensation staff have over 5 decades of experience. If you are looking for a dedicated, experienced and aggressive workers comp attorneys in San Diego, you have come to the right place.

No Win No Fee – Guaranteed

We accept all cases on a contingency. What this means is you pay our firm nothing, unless we win your case. Your lawyer’s fees will be directly paid to you by the workers compensation system. So you will literally never have to write a check or come out of pocket for any expenses, ever.

Denied & Delayed Cases Accepted

Many workers’ compensation lawyers refuse to even speak with injured workers dealing with a denied or delayed case. Not our work injury lawyers. Anyone who has been denied or delayed will get a free initial consultation. One of our experienced work injury lawyers in San Diego will take the time to hear your out and do everything possible to get your claim accepted.

Maximum Settlement Value For Your Case

Many workers compensation attorneys operate on volume and do not put the extra work to get you the best settlement possible. Our lawyers are dedicated at getting you the maximum settlement for your injury. Remember, if we don’t win, you don’t pay, so our focus is on winning your case at maximum value. Our workers' compensation experts will take your case to trial if needed. They will not settle for a dime less than you deserve.

Stress & Psychological Cases Accepted

Like denied and delayed workers compensation cases, many lawyers will not take a stress or psychological claim. There are many reasons for this, the main reason being the state system has reduced the amount of money you can recover for a stress or psychological injury. Our firm is about helping people, and people suffering with these types of injuries need medical treatment as much as someone with a physical injury.


We understand that you may have questions about workers’ compensation laws in San Diego. We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions and provide answers from our team of attorneys. We want you to feel informed to make the best decision for your situation.

A work injury lawyer focuses exclusively in assisting workers who got injured on the job to obtain all benefits to which they are entitled by filing a claim.

In California, workers’ compensation laws can be complex, and having an experienced attorney can help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and lost wages.

The truth is, you do not need a work injury lawyer. You can choose to trust the insurance company in the hope they will willingly and voluntarily provide you with each and every benefit to which you are entitled. However, this is but a dream. The insurance company is in the business of making money, and every dime they spend on your claim diminishes their profit. Thus, you are in an adversarial relationship with the insurance company. You want maximum benefits, and they want to provide the absolute minimum. Thus, if you are interested in maximizing your benefits and avoiding the stress and delays inherent in this system, you should hire a workers’ compensation expert.

The Law Office of Thomas DeBenedetto provides all services necessary from the start of the claim until the end. This includes filing an Application for Adjudication at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, establishing a case number, and preserving your Statute of Limitations. We typically select your treating physician from the insurance companies network of physicians.

Our combined 55 years of experience has provided my office and staff with intimate knowledge regarding the best physician to select for your injury. We also fight and appeal any denial of care, request mileage, attend hearings and trials and work to obtain the best settlement possible.

At all costs avoid the medical clinics the insurance industry will refer you to for care.

In most work comp cases, your employer or insurance provider may refer you to an industrial medical clinic for treatment. But the medical care you receive at such clinics may not be enough. Doctors or physician assistants who treat you may downplay how bad your injury is and send you back to work, which can slow your recovery. Do not allow this to happen. Thus, it is crucial not to let this happen.

Workers in California have the right to pick a different doctor from their insurance provider’s or employer’s network. Contact our office today! We are readily available to help you speed up this process and find a qualified physician who can provide you with the care you need.

While both types of attorneys may handle cases involving injuries, a work injury attorney specifically focuses on helping injured workers receive compensation for workplace injuries, while a personal injury attorney handles cases related to injuries that occur outside of the workplace.

All workers’ compensation attorneys in San Diego work on a contingency fee basis, which means that they only get paid if you receive compensation for your injuries. The fee is typically a percentage of the amount you receive, and it is important to discuss the fee arrangement with your attorney before hiring them.


Satisfied Clients Are Our #1 Priority

I had a wonderful experience with the workers comp attorneys at the Law Office of Thomas Debenedetto. They listened to my case & explained everything line by line. The firm always made sure they answered each and everyone of my questions and/or concerns. I never had to call the office for anything. The firm kept me up to date with each filing, motion and/or any paperwork that was sent out. I work with wonderful doctors. I felt very comfortable. I love how the firm always kept the lines of communication open at all times. Micheal, Monica, Jerome and Erin were so great to me. I can't thank them enough for all their hard work. I will definitely recommended them to anyone who needs a wonderful firm on their case. Thank you very much to you all.

Janea Anderson

Very competent people to deal with. Very happy with the way I was treated along the way to my final settlement. A heads up to anybody looking to get a lawyer. Just because you get a lawyer it is not going to make your injury better right away and you are still going to have to go through the steps of the system. I took my case on for two years before I retained this office, what I found most helpful by getting a workers compensation lawyer was the stress of having to deal with doctors who were not advocating for me and most of all having to deal with the insurance company all went away.

Nina Lupic

Came to this office with a workers compensation problem and was immediately treated with respect, compassion, and consideration. My attorney, Michael Yap, was amazing from day one. He was understanding, outgoing, very professional and aggressive when needed. He handled everything from the very first time we met. He and the entire firm treated me as if I was their only client and always made time for my questions and calls. Mr. Yap always returned calls and emails in 24 hour or less and reached out whenever there was any update in my case. I highly recommend Mr. Yap and this law firm to anybody looking for a workers compensation attorney.

Anthony Tredo

I used Tom and his team in 2016 and I had a great experience with the staff. I was called about 6 weeks after signing up to schedule my Dr. appt. I called the office about 2 times with questions on my case and the office was very responsive and answered my questions. They are a busy office and for me thats great to hear since it means they are working and have a large client base. I was able to meet Mr. DeBenedetto when I came in to sign my documents to close & settle my case. He was very nice and went threw the documents with me and explained what everything meant. I was Happy with with my settlement and how fast the process was. I would recomend him and his team to anyone looking for a workers comp attorney.

Karla Ramirez

Award Settlements


for catastrophic injuries sustained in a work explosion resulting in significant burn injuries and amputation at the right elbow


for winged scapula & cardiac condition


for a failed lumbar back surgery due to injuries sustained while training to become a nurse


for lumbar and psych injuries sustained on the job


for a cervical and upper extremity injury sustained while working

Contact Us

If you are ready to start or have any concerns regarding our services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are in San Diego and can be reached to answer your questions and give you legal advice. You may contact us by phone, email, or by completing the form online. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your workers’ compensation requirements.