California Code, Labor Code - LAB § 4908

A claim for compensation for the injury or death of any employee, or any award or judgment entered thereon, has the same preference over the other debts of the employer, or his estate and of the insurer which is given by the law to claims for wages.  Such preference is for the entire amount of the compensation to be paid.  This section shall not impair the lien of any previous award.

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