About The WCA

The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration's (WCA) mission is to assure the quick and efficient delivery of benefits to injured workers at a reasonable cost to employers. The WCA works to maintain a balance between the interests of workers and employers, and maintains jurisdiction over most New Mexico businesses.

Injured workers who file for workers' compensation are central to all workers' compensation transactions. When injured in the workplace, they have the right to reasonable medical care, and sometimes, wage replacement. After a workplace injury or illness, workers notify employers, which sets the system in motion for a workers' compensation claim.

The WCA provides workers and employers with mediation services and an administrative court system where cases can be heard if claims are disputed. The WCA also ensures that required employers carry workers' compensation insurance. It provides information and assistance, free of charge, through its ombudsman program and through reports, publications, workshops and seminars. It also provides safety training and return-to-work assistance. The WCA administers the Uninsured Employers' Fund, which provides monetary assistance to injured workers whose employers are illegally uninsured. Since its inception, the agency has established six field offices in addition to its main headquarters in Albuquerque, to better serve all New Mexico residents.

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Economic Development 

WCA Strategic Objectives

Increase the number of insured employers
Decrease the number and severity of accidents
Resolve disputes accurately and timely
Regulate stakeholders per the Workers' Compensation Act


  • Respect
  • Ethics
  • Service
  • Professionalism
  • Excellence
  • Courtesy
  • Teamwork