Workers Comp Attorney for Injured Employees of VCU and VCU Health System
Located in downtown Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university with more than 30,000 students and 14,000 faculty and staff. These numbers make VCU one of Richmond’s largest employers.
VCU was founded as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College, later becoming the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). In 1968 the Virginia General Assembly merged MCV with the Richmond Professional Institute to create VCU.
The VCU Health System remains. It supports the university’s health care education, patient care, and clinical research.
VCU Health consists of:
- An academic medical center
- Five different schools
- A Level I trauma center
- A cancer center
- A full-service children’s hospital
- More than 750 physicians
- A community health center
Each year VCU Health serves more than 700,000 patients. This requires many employees who are working hard. And as a result, it can lead to many VCU injuries.
This article explains the workers compensation process for those of you hurt while working for VCU or the VCU Health System. Though there are some differences depending on who you work for – for example, the VCU Healthy System is sometimes represented by a private law firm instead of the Attorney General’s Office – the underlying basics are the same.
If you have questions or comments after reading this article, contact VCU workers compensation attorney Corey Pollard for help with your case. As a work injury lawyer in Virginia, Mr. Pollard has helped hundreds of injured employees obtain workers’ compensation benefits and negotiate workers comp settlements after their work accidents.
Workers Compensation for VCU Employees
VCU must provide workers compensation to any employee who suffers an injury or disease arising out of and in the course of the employment. VCU employees include faculty, staff, nurses, doctors, phlebotomists, janitors, medical providers, hourly workers, and student workers such as teaching assistants.
When you get hurt at work, make sure that you report the accident and injury to VCU’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety and your supervisor. Then complete the VCU Accident Report and keep a copy for yourself.
VCU may offer you a Physician Selection Form. Though VCU has the right to make you choose from a panel of physicians, you should consult with a workers comp lawyer who handles VCU claims to make sure the panel is valid under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.
When you complete these forms, they will be forwarded to VCU Employee Health Services.
You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible.
All VCU workers compensation claims are reviewed by Managed Care Innovations (MCI). Managed Care Innovations is a third-party administrator for the Virginia Division of Risk Management.
Managed Care Innovations and VCU’s workers compensation department will investigate the accident and conduct follow up. They will then make a decision on your claim.
While you’re waiting for an initial decision on your VCU workers comp claim, follow your department’s call-in procedures. Make sure you keep your supervisor in the loop regarding any absences, work restrictions, upcoming appointments, or needed job modifications.
While your VCU work comp case is open, make sure you keep all your follow-up appointments with authorized medical providers. Report your appointments and work restrictions to the VCU Workers Compensation Office.
We also encourage you to complete a Request for FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) if you are taken out of all work or if VCU cannot accommodate your light duty restrictions.
Get Help from a VCU Workers Comp Lawyer
Though VCU has an established workers compensation process, you should talk to an attorney who handles VCU workers compensation claims. VCU is not required to file a claim for workers compensation on your behalf. So even though you’ve been communicating with VCU Human Resources and your doctors, you should still file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission as soon as possible. If you wait too long then your claim will be barred under the statute of limitations.
As your VCU workers comp attorney, Corey Pollard will investigate your claim, conduct discovery, present your case at the workers comp hearing before a deputy commissioner, and help you resolve your claim.
We’ll do everything we can to help you receive the following benefits to which you may be entitled:
- Temporary total disability benefits for days missed from your job with VCU due to a work-related injury or occupational disease.
- Temporary partial disability benefits if VCU offers you a light duty job or work modifications that allow you to return to work. This is common.
- Permanent partial disability benefits for permanent loss of use of the injured body part.
- And many more benefits, including mileage reimbursement and vocational rehabilitation.
In our experience VCU closely monitors the progress of their injured employees and will not settle a case unless the employee resigns from their job. For this reason we encourage you to get a VCU workers comp attorney on your side.
Have additional questions about your workplace injury claim? Then read our article on Virginia workers compensation frequently asked questions for more information about getting all the benefits you’re owed for your VCU work accident.