First Report of Injury Changes Work Comp

Starting July 26, as required by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), Texas Mutual will be making updates to the electronic Employer’s First Report of Injury or Illness, also known as the DWC-1, on These are required updates from DWC for all workers’ compensation carriers in the state.


Employee identification updates
Per DWC, employers will need to provide one of the following numbers for an injured employee when reporting an injury online:

  • Social security number (SSN)
  • Passport number
  • Employment visa number
  • Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)
  • Green card number


The SSN is information we already request in the report. If an employer does not have an employee’s SSN, the DWC is now allowing the previously listed alternate forms of employee identification for all workers’ comp carriers in Texas.


Injury information updates

Per DWC, when an employer reports an injury and is prompted to enter an injured employee’s body part such as arm, leg or torso, they will be asked to further identify the extremity using the preselected options found in the drop-down menus. If finger(s) or toe(s) are selected as the injured body part, the application will ask for the specific digit.