Reference: Board Policy 3.32.07
From the Texas Department of Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Division:
“Workers’ Compensation is a state-regulated insurance system that pays medical bills and replaces some lost wages for employees who are injured at work or who have work-related diseases or illnesses.” “Except in cases of gross negligence, workers’ compensation insurance limits an employer’s liability if an employee brings suit against the employer for damages.”
All EPCC employees are protected under the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Law of the State of Texas. On-the-job accidents and occupational disease incurred while in the course and scope of employment are covered.
Employees involved in a work related incident or injury must notify their immediate supervisor and the EPCC Police Department, immediately. Employees must complete the “EPCC Employee Report of Incident/Injury or Occupational Illness” form and return it to the Workers’ Compensation Department (WC Department) of the Office of Risk Management and Safety (ORMS). The supervisor will subsequently complete the “EPCC Supervisor’s Report of Incident/Injury” form and forward it to the WC Department of ORMS.
The WC Department of ORMS will notify injured employees of their rights and responsibilities, submit any forms required by the Texas Department of Insurance Workers’ Compensation Division, maintain necessary recordkeeping and files, inform the injured employee of leave options, contact the Benefits Office of Human Resources when FMLA may be required, and maintain communication with the injured employee until they are released by their physician to return to work.