Workers' Compensation

All employees are covered by the provisions of the New York State Workers' Compensation Law. Benefits are provided under this law for job-related illnesses or accidents. Benefits are paid in accordance with the New York State Workers' Compensation Law. all job-related illnesses or accidents must be reported by following the guidelines below. The submission of the report does not indicate agreement that an accident or illness has occurred. The University reserves the right to require verification of injury by a physician of its choice. Neither vacation nor sick leave is accrued during such an absence.

What you must do if you are injured on the job

If medical treatment is needed, please seek medical attention at any location convenient to you. Please note that any private physician authorized by the Workers' Compensation Board can be used. Some of the treatment options closest to our campuses are listed below:
Morningside Campus: St. Lukes Emergency Room
Medical Center:
Workforce Health and Safety
1st floor Harkness Pavilion.
Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(212) 305-7590. 
Note: You must have a Columbia University ID to be seen.
New York Presbyterian Hospital Emergency room

When treating for a workplace injury, you do not need to pay the doctor or hospital and your private insurance should not be billed, If any charges are incurred, please save all your receipts and mail them to our insurer, Gallagher Basset Services Inc. for processing.

Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

One Huntington Quadrangle, Suite 4N01
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 631/694-7073
Fax: 631/694-7024
Toll Free: 800/477-5343

How to Report the Injury

The Accident Report
Report the injury to your supervisor immediately. Complete a Departmental Accident Report Form for Workers’ Compensation Benefits. You can also get a copy of this form from your supervisor. The form must be completed by you and your supervisor without delay. Be sure to keep a copy of this form for your own records and submit the original to your supervisor or designated departmental administrator. Late reporting may result in a delay in processing your claim.
Note for Managers: Workers' Compensation claims are to be reported by the designated departmental administrator by contacting Gallagher Basset Services Inc. at 1-877-749-1826.
Note for Employees: In addition to filling out the necessary forms, you must provide your supervisor with medical documentation (a doctor’s note) to cover your absence and keep him/her properly updated regarding your anticipated return to work date.
Gallagher Bassett Services Inc
One Huntington Quadrangle, Suite 4N01
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 631/694-7073
Fax: 631/694-7024
Toll Free: 800/477-5343

Columbia University HR Disability Benefits

615 West 131st Street, MC 8703
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 851-7000

Helpful Links

New York State Workers Compensation Board

NYC Sick Leave

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Medical Leave or Absence for Officers

Medical Leave of Absence for Non-Union Support Staff

Guide to Leaves of Absence 

For information on Medical leave of absence for Union Support Staff, please review the applicable collective bargaining agreement(s).