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Frequently Asked Questions: Workers' Compensation

I was injured on the job. What do I need to do?
Report the incident to your supervisor as soon as possible. The supervisor on duty at the time of the injury is responsible for investigating the scene, ensuring the injured receive prompt medical attention, and addressing any safety hazards that may have caused or contributed to the injury

I will miss work because of my work-related injury. What happens next?
Once your supervisor reports the injury to Risk Management, that office will coordinate your worker’s compensation claim and pay while you’re away from work.

Do I use my personal medical insurance to pay for my work-related injury?
No, you should get treatment from the Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic. If it is after hours, go to the Vanderbilt Adult Emergency Department.

What is worker’s compensation?
Worker’s compensation is insurance that handles claims for work-related injuries. It also provides 66% of your income (with a salary cap) while you are away from work due to a work-related injury.

I have short-term disability insurance. Do I need to file a claim?
No, you will not need to file a short-term disability claim. Worker’s compensation will pay for your time away from work due to a work-related injury. You can also use PTO to supplement your worker’s compensation pay.

Do I need to complete a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) request if I’m away from work due to a work-related injury?
Yes, you will need to complete an FMLA request form. See the FMLA website for the request form as well as a list of FMLA representatives and an explanation of the FMLA process.

Am I still considered an active employee while I’m on worker’s compensation?
While you are away from work due to a work-related injury or illness, your status will be leave of absence. Once your doctor releases you to return to work, you will return to active status.

Will my benefits continue while I am away from work?
Yes, your benefits will continue. Premium payments will continue through payroll deduction as long as you have PTO. If your PTO ends, you will be placed on unpaid leave status, and you will be responsible for making premium payments to Benefit Express via direct billing. Once your doctor releases you to return to work, you will resume active status, and your premium payments will recommence through payroll deduction. Note that if you are receiving workers' compensation benefits, you may choose to supplement workers' compensation pay with PTO to meet your full salary, but you will not be paid from both workers' compensation and PTO for the same hours.

I have additional questions about FMLA and Worker’s Compensation. Who do I contact?
Contact Human Resources. Also see the Risk Management website.

Where can I find the Worker’s Compensation policy?
See the Work-Related Accident and Return to Work policy web page.