It is a form of coverage specifically designed to provide for medical payments and in some cases financial payments to employees. Coverage is only extended to employees who suffer injury, occupational diseases, or work related death in the course and scope of employment while doing some activity that furthers the affairs of the employer.
What is a compensable injury?
This is an injury that arises out of and in the course and scope of employment for which compensation is payable under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act.
What is not covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
Repetitious mental trauma
Ordinary disease of life
State of intoxication
Willful attempt to injure oneself or another
Participation in off-duty recreational social activity
An incident that arose out of an act of God
Employee’s horseplay that produces or causes an injury
What are the employer’s responsibilities?
Maintain a record of all injuries
Notify employees of their rights and responsibilities
Monitor loss of time due to a work related injury
What is the Worker’s Comp Process?
Employee Informs Department of Injury Immediately
Department Completes First Report of Injury & Submits to HR within 24 hours of notice of Injury
If the employee needs to see a doctor, they can see a physician on the approved listing of doctors.
If there were witness – The Witness will need to write statements regarding what they saw and forward to Office of Human Resources.
If the employee has lost time from work the department will need to ensure leave documents are submitted in Leave Traq as well as Human Resources is informed.
If the employee has lost time from work they will need to complete the Request for Paid Leave Form and Submit to Office of Human Resources.
If the employee sees a Doctor they will need the physician to complete the Work Status Report before returning to work)
What is the employer required to provide the employee?
Notice of Coverage
Copy of employee’s rights and responsibilities
Copy of First Report
Notice of Ombudsman Program
Notice regarding certain work-related communicable disease
Notify Employee’s that they are required to inform all providers they filed a workers’ compensation claim with their Employer
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