2019-2020 Employee Handbook

Workers’ Compensation

Employees are covered under workers' compensation in the event of an injury or accident while in the scope of their employment. Employees who sustain work-related injuries or illnesses should inform their supervisor immediately. No matter how minor an on-the-job injury may appear, it is important that it be reported immediately. Workers’ compensation forms can be obtained at Inside.CF.edu, under Employee Benefits. Completion of an Accident/Injury form will enable an eligible employee to qualify for coverage as quickly as possible.

The employee must report the injury or accident to his/her supervisor and the Human Resources Office within 24 hours of the incident. The Accident Incident Report will be completed and signed by the injured party. The supervisors will then sign and send to the Human Resources Office if no treatment by a physician is required.

If the employee (injured party) deems it necessary to seek medical care, he/she must complete a second form called a First Report of Injury or Illness. This is the mechanism that triggers workers’ compensation benefits. Again, the injured party should complete and sign the form, if able, have the supervisor sign the form, and bring it to Human Resources. Human Resources’ staff will give the employee a third form to take to the physician’s office authorizing treatment. Human Resources’ staff also calls the physician’s office to advise that the employee is on the way for treatment. If treatment is not requested on the day of injury, it may be sought at a later date if symptoms persist by completing the First Report of Injury or Illness form and getting a referral from the Human Resources Office.

If the employee is bleeding profusely or unconscious, the best course of action is to call 911 and the Public Safety Office and have the supervisor or witness in co-worker complete as much of the Accident Incident Report and First Report of Injury or Illness forms as possible. The supervisor should then hand-deliver the forms to Human Resources so the insurance carrier and managed care provider can be notified as soon as possible. Proper notification is the key to smooth-running claims. Once the employee returns to work, he/she will need to come to the Human Resources Office and sign the forms.

It is customary for the attending physician's office to call the Human Resources Office to verify the referral. Employees should carry their college photo ID cards with them when seeking medical treatment. A drug screen will be run on all workers’ compensation referrals.