Workers' Compensation General Information

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What It Is

Since 1913, California Workers’ Compensation law has guaranteed prompt, automatic benefits to workers who become injured or ill because of their jobs. It is mandatory no-fault insurance, paid for entirely by your employer, that pays your medical expenses and helps replace lost wages when you are disabled from work because of a work-related injury or illness. 

Who It Covers

All UCSF employees are covered for Workers’ Compensation. 

What It Covers

Almost any job-related injury or illness is covered. Simple first-aid incidents and serious accidents are both covered. Physical and psychological injuries incurred by victims of violent workplace crime are covered. There are a few injuries that may not be covered depending on how they occur; for instance, injuries that result from voluntary, off-duty recreational, social, or athletic activities are not covered. If you wish more information on the types of injuries not covered by workers’ compensation, contact the workers’ compensation department (see the link at right for contact information). 

How to Report an Injury

Immediately report to your supervisor any injury, no matter how slight. You can also report your injury to the Workers’ Compensation Department or directly to the third party administrator by calling 1-877/682-7778. If your injury is more than a simple first-aid case, you will be sent a Claim Form (DWC 1), with instructions to complete the form and return it. State law requires employers to authorize medical treatment within one working day of receiving the completed claim form from you. If you delay reporting your injury or delay completing the claim form, it may result in a delay in receiving benefits; and too long a delay may even jeopardize your right to obtain benefits altogether. 


It is illegal for your employer to fire you or in any way discriminate against you because you file a claim, intend to file a claim, settle a claim, testify or intend to testify for another injured worker. If it is found that UCSF discriminated, UCSF may be ordered to reinstate you to your job, reimburse you for lost wages and employment benefits, and pay increased workers’ compensation benefits, costs and expenses up to maximum amounts set by state law.