Workers' Compensation

Workers’ compensation is the University's exclusive response to work-related injuries. Workers’ compensation ("WC") procedures and benefits are outlined by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Workers' Compensation Division. Any employee who experiences a work-related injury should fill out the Employee's First Report of Injury immediately.

Employee's 1st Report of Injury (English) Employee's 1st Report of Injury (Español)


To report a work-related injury, employees must complete the Employee’s First Report of Injury Form (disponible en Español) and submit it within 24 hours of the injury. If an employee is going to seek medical treatment and want it covered by workers' compensation insurance, they must follow the instructions listed on the WC Medical Providers Letter


  1. Fill out the Supervisor Report.
  2. Conduct a thorough investigation to determine if injury could have been prevented, if additional training is necessary, etc.
  3. Give the injured employee the WC Medical Providers Letter at the time of the injury, unless it is a life-threatening/serious injury.
  4. Email the Employee’s First Report of Injury Form (available in Spanish), Supervisor Report, and a signed copy of the WC Medical Providers Letter to with "DU confidential" in the subject line within 24 hours.
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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 Letter.
  • 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 ERM with their Supervisor Report.
  • The employee should keep the second copy.
  • The supervisor should write the date the letter was provided to their employee on their Supervisor 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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