Workers' Compensation is system in which the injured worker receives medical and compensation benefits regardless of the circumstances of the work-related illness or injury. The university's Workers Compensation benefit is provided through the State of Arizona.
The process for reporting a non-emergency work related illness or injury changed effective August 1, 2015.
If a work-related illness or injury is not life or limb threatening then the employee should:
- Report the injury/illness to their supervisor immediately
- The employee must call 800-685-2877 to speak with a Registered Nurse at the State of Arizona Workers’ Compensation’s Employee Injury Call Center.
Employee Injury Call Center
All injured employees MUST call the Employee Injury Call Center at 800-685-2877 where they will be connected with a Registered Nurse to evaluate the nature of the workplace incident or injury.
The nurse will:
- Focus on early intervention and the needs of the employee to determine if immediate care is needed.
- Connect the employee with the appropriate level of care
- Schedule a referral for further intervention
- Follow-up with the employee on the next day to see how they are doing
Calls can be made 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Important: There is no change in the emergency process. If an employee has work-related illness or injury that is life or limb threatening the employee or supervisor will call 911
Once a supervisor is notified of an employee’s work related illness or injury the supervisor should submit a report to Human Resources within 24 hours by means of the Supervisor's Report of Industrial Injury (SRI) form.
If the work related illness or injury results in an inpatient hospitalization of one or more employees the supervisor should notify human resources immediately.
The university must inform State Risk Management and the Industrial Commission of the injury within ten days after notification.
- Both an Employer's Report of Injury and a Physician's Report of Injury must be submitted.
- When the claim is complete and filed, medical treatment, testing, and compensability can be determined.
- Once the Industrial Commission receives the Physician's Report of Injury, State Risk Management has 21 days to accept or deny the claim.
- If the claim is accepted, the injured worker may be eligible for benefits.
Denial of a claim
If a claim is denied, a protest can be filed with the Industrial Commission. It is the employee's responsibility to understand all notices and documents that allow for hearing requests in the event of disagreements, and it is also the employee's responsibility to make current addresses know to the Industrial Commission and State Risk Management.
If an employee is unable to return to regular duty due to physician's restrictions, the employee may be eligible for light duty assignment.
If the employee requests light duty assignment:
- A Light Duty Request Form must be submitted to the supervisor for consideration, accompanied by a doctor's statement identifying the specified restriction or limitation.
- The supervisor may contact the Human Resources to ask for clarification from the health care provider of the employee's limitations.
- If approved, the Light Duty Request Form is forwarded to Human Resources.
- If not approved, the employee will be put on an off work status and placed on an Industrial Leave for up to six months.
Industrial Leave of Absence
Industrial Leave of Absence may not exceed six months. All requests for Industrial Leave of Absence, or monthly extensions of leave, are subject to the approval of the department head, the dean/director, and the appropriate provost/associate provost or vice president. Requests must be accompanied by a physician's certificate that shows you are still under medical care and you are not able to work.
If your department head has reason to question your capacity to perform duties and responsibilities upon return, the department head may require you to provide a physician's statement certifying that you are able to continue in the performance of regular duties. The university may also choose to get a second opinion through the university workers' compensation insurance carrier.