Workers' Compensation

Workers’ Compensation is a type of insurance covering employees for injuries or illnesses sustained during the course of performing job duties. Workers’ compensation benefits include, but are not limited to, lost wages, payment of medical bills, and prescriptions. To report an injury, please use the link below and follow the instructions.

Reporting a Work-Related Injury or Illness

Report work-related injuries and illnesses, regardless of whether medical treatment is required, to Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) within three (3) days of the incident. Prompt reporting ensures that the injured person receives the medical treatment and benefits entitled to them. To report an injury or illness:

  1. Notify your supervisor of the injury or exposure
  2. Complete the appropriate first report of injury form:
    1. Faculty or staff should complete the following form:
      1. Employee First Report of Injury (PDF) or (Online Form)
    2. Faculty or staff working outside of Maryland should complete the following form:
      1. Out of State Employee First Report of Injury.
    3. Volunteers should complete the following form:
      1. Volunteer First Report of Injury (Online Form)
  3. If seeking medical treatment, print a copy of the injury report and take it with you to document notification to EHS.

Supervisor investigation report and accident witness(s) statement
The following forms should be completed by the injured person's supervisor and witness(s) to the event:

Note: If the PDF form is used, you must fax a completed copy to the attention of Angela Boxley at 410-706-8212.

Medical Treatment

Procedures to Receive Medical Treatment

This information is only for the use of University of Maryland employees and volunteers. If you are a student requiring medical care, please navigate to the following site: www.umaryland.edu/studenthealth/urgent-needs/

During business hours (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  1. For an injury or illness requiring emergency care, dial 711 from a campus phone or 911 from an off-campus phone and request emergency transportation.
  2. For non-emergency care, proceed directly to the UMaryland Immediate Care Center (UMICC) located at 408 W. Lombard St. The Immediate Care Center phone number is 667-214-1899. No appointment is necessary.
  3. Take a copy of the first report of injury form with you to ensure you are not billed for the visit. The forms are in the reporting section of this page and also available onsite at UMICC.

After hours (Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., weekends and holidays)

  1. Seek medical care from the UMMC Emergency Room, your personal physician, or a local hospital.
  2. Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure
    1. If exposed to human blood, call the needlestick hotline at 667-214-1886. Your call will be answered by a medical professional (24 hours a day) who will advise you on the risk of your exposure, what treatment you may need and facilitate blood testing of the "Source Patient".

Out-of-state medical treatment

If you work outside Maryland, complete the out-of-state first report of injury form provided below. Advise the health care provider that you are seeking treatment for a workers' compensation claim and provide them with the carrier's name and policy number referenced on the first report of injury form.

Note: Employees or volunteers covered under Maryland's workers’ compensation system may seek treatment from a health care provider of their choice.

Prescriptions

Procedures to Obtain Prescription Medication at No Cost

The pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts, pre-authorizes prescriptions for treatment of a work-related injury with no out of pocket cost to the employee. The pharmacy provides generic medications unless the employee’s doctor specifically requests a name brand. There is a list of participating pharmacies provided on the temporary ID card.

For biological or bloodborne pathogen exposures:

1. Complete the first fill temporary prescription ID card with personal information (PDF)

2. Group number IWIEXP

3. ID# is the 7-digit IWIF/Chesapeake claim number or the employee’s SSN

4. Please allow three (3) hours for processing before picking up the medication from the pharmacy.

5. Any questions should be referred to Express Scripts Patient Care Contact Center 800-945-5951.

For all other injuries or illnesses:

1. Complete the temporary prescription ID card with personal information (PDF)

2. Group number IWI01700

3. ID# is the 7-digit IWIF/Chesapeake claim number or the employee’s SSN

4. Please allow twenty-four (24) hours for processing before picking up the medication from the pharmacy.

5. Any questions should be referred to Express Scripts Patient Care Contact Center 800-945-5951.

Note: There are processing steps included on the temporary ID forms to make it easier for the pharmacist to input the prescription for approval.

Frequently Asked Questions

Accident Leave

Accident leave is a paid benefit provided to regular status employees who suffer compensable work-related injuries in lieu of using accrued leave.

  • Employees in a regular status, who are benefit eligible and work 50% FTE are eligible for accident leave.
  • The accident leave rate is two-thirds of the employee’s gross annual salary and is subject to only FICA tax. There are no other federal or state tax withholdings. Overtime is not calculated into the accident leave rate.
  • Accident leave eligibility begins on the first full day missed from work and expires six months (6) from the injury date. Since Maryland Workers’ Compensation Law mandates reduced pay, an employee cannot supplement the loss of 1/3 pay with accrued leave.
  • Regardless if accident leave is immediately used or not, eligibility expires six months (6) from the date of injury.
  • Approval is required for accident leave. For approval, the employee must supply EHS and their department with medical documentation from one of the following:
    1. Treating physician who opines the employee is unable to work or can only work in a limited duty capacity as a result of the work injury; or
    2. Medical facility stating the date and time of treatment rendered to the employee.
  • Payment of accident leave occurs when regular employees are completely off work, working partial days or when regular employees need to leave early or arrive late to attend a doctor’s appointment; this includes physical therapy appointments.

The accident leave policy can be found on the HRS website http://www.umaryland.edu/policies-and-procedures/library/human-resources/policies/.