Worker's Compensation FAQs

When am I eligible to begin receiving Workers’ Compensation payments? 
You are eligible to begin receiving weekly income benefits if you have more than seven days of lost time due to a work related injury.

What happens to my benefits while I am out of work due to a Workers’ Compensation injury? 
Your benefits will continue as long as you pay your monthly premiums (premium rates will remain the same). If you elect to use your sick or vacation pay, your benefit premiums will be taken from your check. Once your sick/and or vacation runs out, you will be responsible for paying your premiums and keeping them current to avoid cancellation of coverage.

Do I have to use my sick leave for doctor and therapy visits? 
If you are out of work you don’t have to use your leave but you are advised to do so that you can be paid 100% of your salary while off of work. If you chose to receive workers comp premiums you will be paid 2/3rds of your salary. Sick leave is a benefit provided by VSU to assist ill or injured employees. If your sick leave expires, you can use your vacation leave or go on leave without pay. If you are back at work but require follow-up doctor visits you must your sick time to cover those appointments if they take place during work hours. Workers comp will pay mileage for your doctors visits. Consult your claims adjuster regarding this reimbursement.

An employee has the following options on the use of Sick Leave or Annual Leave for absence due to a Workers Compensation claim:

  • Use accrued sick or annual leave for the first seven (7) calendar days in order to be paid full salary, and then elect to receive Workers’ Compensation during the remaining period of injury-related absence, or
  • Exhaust all accrued sick leave and annual leave (in that order) and then receive Workers’ Compensation, or
  • Retain all accrued sick leave and annual leave, and after the seven (7) day waiting period (without pay), receive Workers’ Compensation during the remainder of the injury-related absence.

If I’m injured do I have to see a doctor? 
You are not forced to see a doctor. But we recommend you seek treatment for an evaluation of all work related illnesses or injuries.

Are student employee’s covered under Workers’ Compensation? 
Yes. However, the student must be in a working status at the time of the injury. If they are not working, they will be viewed as a student and will need to visit Student Health Services for treatment of the injury or illness.

How do I obtain prescriptions?
If your injury or illness is work related, you can obtain your prescriptions by calling Matrix Health Services at 1-877-804-4900. DOAS employees can identify themselves at the pharmacy by stating that the Processor is Premier Pharmacy Plan-Group #2105