Human Resources

Worker's Compensation Insurance

Who is Covered?

  • As an employer located in the State of Washington, the University of Washington purchases workers' compensation insurance from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Coverage is provided for paid employees who are injured on the job or who contract an occupational illness that relates to their employment at the University of Washington Bothell.
  • Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • You cannot waive your right to these benefits.
  • Volunteers are covered for medical expenses only.

Reporting an Injury, Illness, or Near Miss

  • An injury or illness is an accident or incident that causes physical harm.
  • A near miss is an incident that has the potential to cause harm to people, property, processes or the environment.
  • You are required to report any work-related illness, injury, or near misses to your supervisor immediately. If you are seriously injured, you should seek immediate medical treatment.
  • You should complete the Online Accident Reporting System (OARS) at as a record of the incident. This online form is an internal document and WILL NOT initiate a workers' compensation claim.

The Claim Process

  • The UW Risk Management - Workers' Compensation Team is available to:
  • Assist employees with the workers' compensation claim process.
  • Assist supervisors with the workers'compensation claim process.
  • Facilitate the early return-to-work of employees with restrictions.
  • Process claim forms and information to expedite benefits when appropriate.
  • Work with L&I to manage claims and costs.
  • Manage the sick leave buyback program.
  • Maintain confidentiality in compliance with RCW 51.28.070.
  • Serve as a liaison between the university, L&I, the employee, the employee’s department, the vocational counselor and the medical provider(s).

More Information

Contact Information

UW Bothell Human Resource Manager: 425.352.5462
UW Worker's Compensation Team: 206.543.0183

Did You Know?

The University of Washington Bothell is the largest of the five branch campuses in the state.