(a) When a claim is made against the Asbestos Workers' Account, the account shall secure appropriate information, adjust the claim, and pay benefits provided by this chapter in accordance with the provisions of this division.
(b) The asbestos worker shall, prior to the first payment of benefits by the Asbestos Workers' Account, file an application before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board to determine the responsible employer for payment of compensation under this division.
(c) In every case before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board in which a claim of injury from exposure to asbestos is alleged, the appeals board shall join the Asbestos Workers' Account as a party to the proceeding and serve the fund with copies of all decisions and orders, including findings and awards, and order approving compromise and release.
(d) Once a decision establishing the responsible employer or insurance carrier is agreed upon between the parties, or is issued by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, and becomes final, the Asbestos Workers' Account shall terminate payment of compensation benefits, notify all interested parties accordingly, and seek collection as provided for under this chapter. Responsibility for payment of all future compensation benefits shall be in accordance with such agreement, order, or decision.
(e) The account shall terminate the payment of benefits to any employee who fails to cooperate fully in determining the responsible employer or insurance carrier.
(f) The Asbestos Workers' Account may, at any time, commence or join in proceedings before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board by filing an application on its own behalf. In any case in which the Asbestos Workers' Account has been joined as a party or has filed an application on its own behalf, the Asbestos Workers' Account shall have all of the rights and pledges of a party applicant.
(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1041, Sec. 1.)