If an employee is injured or develops an occupational disease in the course of performing work for the University the employee can file a claim with Washington State Labor & Industries (L&I). If the injured workers claim is accepted, workers' compensation pays for medical care directly related to their accident or illness. If an injured worker is unable to work following their injury they may be eligible for a portion of their lost wages.
An injured worker can file a claim with Washington State Labor & Industries in the following ways:
- Employee and medical provider complete a Report of Industrial or Occupational Disease at the time of treatment.
- Online directly with L&I
- By calling L&I at 1-877-561-FILE
Once the injured worker files a claim they are provided a claim number. A claim number is generally two letters followed by five numbers. In order for WSU to submit the necessary employer information to L&I it is necessary that the injured worker provide their claim number to Human Resource Services(HRS).
In the event the injured worker misses time from work due to their injury or occupational injury, they must obtain a health care provider's written approval before they will be allowed to return to work. Their health care provider should complete an Activity Prescription Form and return the completed form to HRS.
Workers Compensation Benefits:
- Medical costs-Medical care costs are covered at 100%. There are some medical services that require pre-authorization from L&I. For a list of these services, contact your L&I claims manager.
- Wage replacement-There is a three (3) day waiting period between the date of injury and the time workers' compensation wage replacement benefits begin, unless the employee is off for more than fourteen (14) days then benefits would start the day after the injury date. A health care provider must certify this time off. The employee can choose to use their paid leave during this period or use leave without pay.*Employees who are out on workers' compensation claims are not eligible to participate in the Shared Leave program. Wage replacements (time loss payments) are paid to the employee at a rate of 60-75% of their gross salary, and the benefit is tax-free. The percentage is based on the size of the employee’s family (single employee is compensated at 60%, with percentages added for each additional family member.)
- Other benefits assistance in return to work efforts-Permanent Partial Disability awards may be given to employees who have suffered a permanent reduction in their pre-injury physical capacity abilities. Pensions may be awarded to employees who are permanently disabled due to their on-the-job injury or occupational illness. Survivor benefits may be paid to surviving family in the event of a fatality due to a worker-related incident.
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits employers and other entities covered by GINA Title II from requesting or requiring genetic information of an individual or family member of the individual. To comply with this law, we are asking that you do not provide any genetic information when responding to this request for medical information. “Genetic information” as defined by GINA includes an individual’s family medical history, the results of an individual’s or family member’s genetic tests, the fact that an individual or an individual’s family member sought or received genetic services, and genetic information of a fetus carried by an individual or an individual’s family member or an embryo lawfully held by an individual or family member receiving assistive reproductive services”