Employee Injuries & Workers' Compensation

All employee injuries should be reported to Enterprise Risk Management immediately by following the steps below. 

Workers’ compensation ("WC") is the University's exclusive response to medical costs for work-related injuries. 

Other common search terms for workers' compensation: worker's compensation, workman's compensation, workers compensation.

Employee Report of Injury (English) Employee Report of Injury (Español)

Employees

All employee injuries must be reported. Employees must:

  1. Sign a copy of the WC Medical Providers list (disponible en Español).
  2. Complete the Employee Report of Injury form (disponible en Español).
  3. Submit it within 24 hours of the injury occurring.

Seeking medical treatment is optional, but if an employee is going to seek medical treatment and wants it covered by workers' compensation insurance, the employee must go to a provider listed on the WC Medical Providers list.

Please review the Procedures for Employees (disponible en Español).

Supervisors

All employee injuries must be reported. Supervisors must:

  1. Give the injured employee the WC Medical Providers list at the time of the injury, unless it is a life-threatening/serious injury. (List in Spanish.)
  2. Conduct a thorough investigation to determine if injury could have been prevented, if additional training is necessary, etc.
  3. Fill out the Supervisor's Report.
  4. Submit the Employee's Report of Injury, Supervisors Report, and a signed copy of the WC Medical Providers list to risk@du.edu within 24 hours of the injury occurring.

Please review the Procedures for Supervisors.

DU Students Completing Unpaid Internships

The University of Denver’s workers’ compensation insurance covers DU students for work-related injuries sustained while working in unpaid internship positions, except for in OH, ND, WA, or WY.

All injuries should be reported. Seeking medical treatment is optional, but if you seek medical treatment and want it to be covered by workers’ compensation benefits, you must seek treatment at a provider listed on the he WC Medical Providers list.

All internship injuries must be reported. Unpaid interns must:

  1. Review & sign a copy of the WC Medical Providers list.
  2. Complete the Employee Report of Injury form.
  3. Your internship supervisor needs to fill out the Supervisor's Report.
  4. Submit these three forms to risk@du.edu within 24 hours of the injury occurring.
  5. Notify your DU director or supervisor as well so that they are aware of the situation.

Please review the Procedures for Employees.

DU students injured while working in paid internship positions, please follow your business’ workers’ compensation procedures and report your injury to your DU director or supervisor and risk@du.edu. Paid internships (excluding off-campus work-study positions) are not eligible to be covered by DU’s workers’ compensation insurance; however, you do still need to report your injury to DU.

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Workers' Compensation Providers Choice Letter

DU has designated medical providers to treat employees injured on the job per House Bill 1176, the Employee Choice of Physician law.

Steps for completing the Provider Choice Letter process:

  • At the time of an employee's injury, the supervisor should print two (2) copies of the Workers' Compensation Medical Providers list (available in Spanish).
  • One copy should be signed and dated by the employee and returned to the supervisor. The supervisor must scan the signed letter and send it to risk@du.edu with their Supervisor's Report.
  • The employee should keep the second copy.
  • The supervisor should write the date the letter was provided to their employee on their Supervisor's Report.
  • What else do you need to know about the Employee Choice of Physician law?

    If circumstances prevent providing the WC Provider Choice Letter at the time of injury, the letter must be provided by verifiable means within seven (7) business days of the injury notification date.

    An injured employee has the right to make a one-time change between the two medical providers by giving notice within 90 days of the injury, but before he/she reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI).

    The injured employee must request the change of medical provider in writing by submitting an approved Division of Workers’ Compensation form to the following parties:

    • The current treating physician
    • The requesting treating physician (this physician must be on the employer’s designated provider list)
    • DU's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
    • Pinnacol Assurance, the University’s WC insurance provider

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