When an incident or near-miss occurs:
Please take care of yourself first, and then take care of the paperwork.
- If medical care is sought, inform provider of workers compensation claim to avoid billing personal insurance.
- Notify your supervisor of the incident.
- File an accident/incident report for any incident or near-miss within 48 hours.
Employees injured at work have a right to file a Workers Compensation claim. It is extremely important that a claim is filed for any accident where the employee has sought medical attention.
If you are injured at work, whether or not you intend to seek medical care, file an incident report within 48 hours of the incident. Quick reporting of the incident will help you comply with Idaho law regarding Workers Compensation and assist with the accident investigation efforts to mitigate the root cause of the accident.
Once the incident report is received by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), EHS will contact you to discuss how the accident occurred and look for ways to prevent additional injuries.
When reporting time loss due to a workers compensation eligible injury, please consult with Benefit Services as various rules apply to the use of accumulated leave in coordination with workers compensation wage replacement benefits. Coordination with the various programs is important to avoid inaccurate payments.
The University of Idaho is self-insured for workers compensation and has hired a claims adjusting company to assist with workers compensation claims. The name of this company is TriStar. If you file a claim, you will be contacted by a TriStar adjustor to help you with your workers compensation claim. If you have any questions about your workers compensation claim, please contact the claims adjustor. Please be sure to keep scheduled medical appointments and cooperate with others to help you through your claim. If needed, your claims adjustor will assign a nurse claims manager.
The university’s Benefit Services can assist with other benefits, such as Family Medical Leave, and is the office you will coordinate with regarding medical notes, doctor releases, etc., as it relates to the employment aspect of the injury. Do not provide this information to your supervisor or department. If you can return to work for “light duties,” the university will look for opportunities for you. Please discuss any issues or concerns with these professionals.
The Idaho Industrial Commission may also assist with vocational rehabilitation professionals. We encourage you to read information about the Idaho Workers Compensation claims process and regulations. The Idaho Industrial Commission has a great booklet and FAQs that explain the claims process and your rights.