As of Jan. 1, 2023, companies must pay for and provide workers’ compensation coverage for their drivers. The drivers are covered workers only while they are on dispatch platform time and passenger platform time.
L&I’s Insurance Services division operates the Washington State Fund, the workers' compensation insurance program. Qualifying employers may choose to self insure.
Workers’ compensation pays for medical care directly related to your accident or illness. If you are unable to work following your injury, you may be eligible for reimbursement of a portion of your lost wages. L&I also provides many services and programs such as vocational rehabilitation or the Stay-at-Work program that can help you heal and return to work. There are also disability or pension payments for the severely injured who can no longer work due to their injury.
Workers’ compensation insurance does not cover repairs to your vehicle.
What you should do
If you are injured during dispatch platform time or passenger platform time, there are two important things to do immediately: get medical help and tell your TNC.
If you get medical help for your injury, tell your medical professional your injury happened while you were working and they will help you file a workplace injury claim with L&I.
You can also file an injury claim by calling toll free 1-877-561-FILE (3453) or online at www.Lni.wa.gov/FileFast.
L&I may contact an injured driver who files a claim to verify whether the driver was in covered status (dispatch platform time and passenger platform time) when the injury occurred.
If you are a driver with questions, you can go to our workers’ compensation web page, or contact L&I by calling 360-902-5775 or by sending an email to L&I.