Step-by-Step through a Workers' Compensation Claim

The Fund is committed to helping members comply with state-established legal requirements for employers, providing expert claims service, and ensuring appropriate payment for medical care.

We also work with you to return your employees to productive work.

For your convenience, you can find all Workers' Compensation forms in the Member Library.

For complete training on Workers' Compensation Reporting or assistance in filing any forms please contact Laura Romaine, WC Program Consultant at 800.482.7276, ext. 2845.

Click on each section to see the steps for filing a workers' compensation claim.

Before a claim ▼

Step 1: Texas employer rights and responsibilities

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) publishes many documents for employers. Please review their Employer Rights and Responsibilities, but disregard the information about the Notice to New Employees and the Right to Reject Coverage. Employees of political subdivisions, such as public education entities, have mandatory coverage.

Step 2: New employee notice

The New Employee Notice is written specifically for political subdivisions, such as school districts and other education organizations, and is available in both English and Spanish.

Step 3: Required workers' compensation postings

  • Must be posted in English and in Spanish
  • Must be hung in Human Resources (if there is such an office) or in Administration and in all buildings to ensure all employees have access to this information.
  • The language can’t be changed or the postings sizes reduced.

Your required WC Postings:

  • Notice 6 (Notice to Employees Concerning Workers’ Compensation in Texas)
    • Office of Employee Counsel
    • Medical Alliance
  • If you employ police or security officers, post Notice 9 (Notice Regarding Certain Work-Related Communicable Diseases) in your Human Resources/Administration office and where the police/security personnel report (English) (Spanish).
  • If you have an active construction site, post Notice 8 (Required Workers’ Compensation Coverage) in Human Resources/ Administration and on the construction site (English) (Spanish).

Step 4: Employee notice of Alliance requirements

Members must ensure all employees receive information about the Alliance. Consider including the information on your Intranet and in your Employee Handbook.  (English) (Spanish)

Step 5: Record of injuries

Employers must keep a record of every on-the-job injury or illness reported or of which you have knowledge. The record must be kept for five years from the last day of the year in which it occurred. The record of injuries must be made available to DWC within five business days of a request. Rule 120.1 of the Texas Labor Code explains the information required for the Record of Injuries.

Please remember: Report an injury when an employee reports it to anyone in management or to a person to whom it is reasonable for them report. This can include administration, principals and assistant principals, safety or risk management personnel, nurses, and secretaries.

Additional reporting ▼

Step 11: Supplemental report of injury

The DWC-6 is used to alert DWC of changes in a workers’ compensation claim. This is a multipurpose form with different due dates. Please note the following uses and requirements for the form:

  • Employee has returned to work—Due within 3 days. Complete boxes 1-9; 10A; 11-15; 18.
  • Employee has  returned to work and has started losing time—Due within 3 days. Complete boxes 1-9; 10C; 11-14; 15 and/or 16.
  • Employee elects to use leave for waiting period and/or lost time—File ASAP, within no more than10 days. Complete boxes 1-9; 10B; 11-14; 15; 21, and complete Post Injury Earnings Worksheet.
  • Employee resigns or is terminated—Due within 10 days. Complete boxes 1-9; 10D; 11-14; 19.
  • Employee is working partial days or a different job earning different wages on restricted duty—Due every 10 days. Complete boxes 1-9; 10B; 11-14; 20; 21, and Post Injury Earnings Worksheet .

The employer must provide a copy of the DWC-6 to the injured employee.

File a DWC-6 online now.

Step 12: Wage statement

(DWC-3, DWC-3 SD, DWC-3 ME)
The wage statement is due within 30 days of the earliest from:

  • The employee’s 8th day of disability
  • The date the employer is notified that the employee is entitled to income benefits
  • The date of the employee’s death due to a compensable injury.

Wage Statement Tips
There are two wage statement forms—one for school districts and one for all other employers in Texas.

  • Employers must report wages earned rather than paid.
  • The DWC requires employers to give a copy of the wage statement to the injured employee.
  • Complete both pecuniary (wages) and non-pecuniary (fringe benefits) areas of the form.
  • A Same or Similar Employee has training, experience, skill, and wages comparable to the injured employee and performs comparable tasks in nature and in number of hours.
  • A subsequent wage statement must be filed by the 7th day after the employer discontinues providing a non-pecuniary wage that was initially continued after the date of injury.
  • Contract Employees: Include total amount of contract including any stipends the employee was earning or scheduled to receive and any amount of TRS supplement the employee received in his paycheck. Be sure to include the number of days for current school year.
  • Non-Contract Employees: School districts may not use pro-rated pay periods. (If employee is paid out over a 12-month period, these are wages paid and may not be used.)  Report wages earned in a week.  Determine the average daily rate (the amount deducted if employee was absent from work without leave time available) and multiply by the number of days scheduled to work that week.
  • You must report the number of hours worked each week, including overtime hours and pay.
  • Include any sick or vacation days used during the reporting period, but do not count unpaid holidays, days not scheduled to work, or any leave without pay.
  • Reporting periods must be consecutive and may not be adjusted back further than six days from date of injury regardless of whether you  pay monthly (4 weeks);  biweekly (14 days) or weekly (7 days).
  • Annual wages must be completed for all employees. Count the number of days worked each month and multiply that number by the daily rate (remember to watch for changing daily rates). Use full months—from the first to the last day of the month. You must show the 12 months preceding the date of injury, not including the month of the injury.