East Tennessee State University is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our employees but accidents, illnesses or injuries can happen on the job. Employees who suffer an injury or illness within the scope of his/her employment may be eligible to file a worker's compensation claim. Here is important information about reporting an incident and filing a claim.
Who is covered by worker's compensation?
- Regular full-time and part-time employees
- Temporary employees, adjuncts and graduate assistants
- Medical residents
- Regular work-study students (RSWP)
What should you do if you are injured on the job?
For life threatening injuries, call 911. Contact your supervisor as soon as possible
For non-life threatening injuries, call your supervisor immediately. You and your supervisor must call the 24/7 Call Center at:
Select option #1 to speak to a nurse for immediate care.
The supervisor will verify the work-related incident. The employee will give necessary information regarding the injury and incident. The registered nurse will evaluate and determine care and treatment options.
For detailed information regarding reporting an injury at work, please see the State of TN & CorVel Partnership brochure.
Payment of Work-related Injury
Hospitals, doctor's offices, labs, etc. should bill CorVel and not the employee. If you are receiving medical treatment for a work-related injury, do not present personal health insurance card for payment.
If the employee is unable to work due to a work-related injury, then, they may be eligible to receive temporary total disability benefits. These benefits are called "lost time pay". The employee must have a physician's statement for all time off from work due to the injury, and must have a physician's order to return to work with or without limitations/restrictions.
To receive "lost time pay", the employee must be off ETSU payroll and on leave without pay. The employee has a choice of using accumulated sick leave, annual leave, or compensatory time instead of accepting "lost time pay". " Lost time pay" is 66 2/3 percent of salary.
To be eligible for "lost time pay", the employee must be off from work due to an injury for 7 days. "lost time pay" begins to accrue on the 8th day, and if off from work due to an injury for 14 days or more, then, the 7-day waiting period will be waived and "lost time pay" will be paid for all 14 days. If off from work due to injury for 3 days, employee must complete a Family Medical Leave form. Family Medical Leave and Workers' Compensation run concurrently.
Mileage to and from the doctor's office or facility for visits related to work injury can be reimbursed if the mileage is at least 30 miles round trip.
Visitor and Students
Visitors and students other than RSWP that receive an injury or illness while on the ETSU campus must submit their claim to the Division of Claims Administration of the State Treasury Department. Request a Claim for Damages Form from:
Division of Business & Finance
Burgin Dossett Administration Bldg., 2nd floor, Room 202
Contact Human Resources at (423) 439-4457.