In accordance with the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, if you are injured or become ill while performing your duties at work, you are entitled to payment of your medical expenses. If you must miss work as a result of your injury you may be entitled to compensation, subject to certain maximums, which is equal to approximately two-thirds (2/3) of your average weekly wage. Medical costs associated with work-related injuries will not be paid through your health plan, so proper reporting of work-related injuries is very important.
To be assured payment of this benefit:
- You must report the injury to your department head/supervisor immediately.
- Your supervisor must immediately report the incident to the University’s workers' compensation carrier.
- Your supervisor must submit a University accident form to the Human Resources office within two work days of the onset of the illness or injury.
- You must obtain medical treatment from the University's panel of physicians or treatment centers for the first ninety (90) days of treatment. You may also seek your closest emergency room for the initial evaluation only. All follow-up treatment must be through the designated panel of physicians. Your case will be coordinated by specialist nurses and physician advisers under a plan currently provided by the PMA Insurance Group, who helps manage the University’s work-related injuries. All medical bills should be submitted to the PMA Insurance Group and/or the University's Human Resources office for payment.
Workers' Compensation procedures, telephone contacts, and panel of physicians can also be found at various bulletin board locations. Accident forms are located in the University form centers, the Human Resources office, and through the Environmental Health and Safety office.
In the event your workers' compensation claim is denied, you are entitled to prompt notification stating the grounds upon which the denial is based, as well as your rights of appeal. The Human Resources office is available to assist you with your claim. If you require further assistance, you may contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of Occupation Injury and Disease Compensation by calling toll-free 1-800-482-2383.