Injured on the Job?

Teachers and other school staff injured or made sick on the job have important rights and benefits. However, in order to access these, you must follow certain procedures. The UFT is dedicated to guiding injured and ill members through the process — so that you can make use of the benefits available to you and make a speedy recovery.

The content in this section is divided into two parts:


Pedagogues — teachers, guidance counselors, school secretaries, psychologists, social workers and lab specialists — injured or made sick on the job are covered by the Injury-in-the-Line-of-Duty provision of the UFT-DOE contract.

Workers’ Compensation

Paraprofessionals, school nurses and occupational and physical therapists injured or made sick on the job should file for Workers’ Compensation.

Contact Us

In the event of an emergency situation, seek medical attention if necessary and call the UFT Safety & Health hotline at 212-701-9407. Victims of assault or other similar incidents may also call the UFT Victim Support Program at 212-598-6853.

For further information or assistance filing for Workers' Compensation, call the UFT Safety & Health Department at 212-510-6460. For Injury-in-the-Line-of-Duty, call your UFT borough office:

  • Bronx: 718-379-6200
  • Brooklyn: 718-852-4900
  • Manhattan: 212-598-6800
  • Queens: 718-275-4400
  • Staten Island: 718-605-1400

Other resources

Injury-in-the-Line-of-Duty and Workers' Compensation forms

Environmental Health and Safety

School Safety

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