The purpose of the Workers Compensation Act is to provide compensation to an employee for the loss of his or her opportunity to engage in work, when the disability is occasioned by an injury suffered from an accident arising out of and during the course of their employment.
An injured employee is required to immediately report an accident or illness to the direct supervisor. Upon the employee's notification of the injury to the departmental supervisor, the department is required to offer the employee a Workers' Compensation Panel of Physicians:
The department must submit the signed Panel Physician Selection form to the Department of Human Resources (300 Turner Street NW, Suite 2300, Blacksburg Va. 24061) or fax to 540-231-3830.
Those employees needing immediate medical treatment for serious injuries may visit an emergency room and should report the injury as Workers' Compensation at the time treatment is received. Follow-up treatment must be provided by a Workers' Compensation panel physician.
Once an employee reports a job-related injury, the supervisor must immediately file the Employer's Accident Report Form.
A claims adjuster from Managed Care Innovations, Virginia Tech's Workers' Compensation carrier, will be assigned to handle the claim.
Employees may complete a mileage reimbursement form to report travel for medical visits relating to the Workers' Compensation injury. Forms may be requested from the Department of Human Resources at 540-231-9331.
It is the employee's responsibility to submit disability slips or job duty restrictions as authorized by the panel doctor to the departmental supervisor. The supervisor must submit the original disability slip for lost workdays to the Department of Human Resources. Please note that it is necessary to submit disability slips in a timely manner for accurate leave reporting purposes. The university does not accept retroactive disability slips.
This Executive Order (52) requires Virginia Tech to make every reasonable effort to return those employees to work who have sustained job related injuries or illnesses, and as a result are prevented from returning to their full former employment. Employees are returned to work on a transitional or full time basis as soon as it is determined to be medically feasible to do so.
The return to work coordinator works closely with injured employees, treating physicians, and departments to facilitate transitional duty assignments until employees return to full employment or are released from medical care. A Physical Capabilities Form is required for all medical visits except for x-ray, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and physical therapy. The employee will give the form to the physician for completion. This form must be returned to the employee's supervisor within 24 hours of the medical visit. Faxed copies will be accepted.
Departments should submit the Employers' Accident Report as an "Incident Only" even if medical treatment is not required at the time of injury. To file the report as an "Incident Only," please indicate on line 44 of the Employers Accident Report that the employee did not see a physician.