In general, all employees of the University of South Carolina who are paid through the university payroll system are covered by workers' compensation. Any accidental injury or occupational disease sustained by employees in the course of performing their job duties may be covered. The State Accident Fund is South Carolina's workers' compensation insurance provider. Medical case management is provided by CompEndium Services, Inc. through a contractual agreement with the State Accident Fund.
Reporting Procedures for Work-Related Injuries
It is important that when you are injured on the job, you immediately tell your supervisor so that medical treatment may be authorized and a Workers' Compensation claim filed. If the injury is not reported immediately, you may be denied the right to compensation.
For all employees, four important steps must be followed to ensure compensation:
Step 1: Any employee who sustains a minor injury while on duty or develops a work-related illness must immediately report the injury or illness to their supervisor and CompEndium at 877-709-2667.
Step 2: Complete an Employee Injury Report [pdf] and provide it to the local campus Health Center. Ask the treating physician to fax all statements and reports to CompEndium Services at 877-710-2667. If your doctor says you must miss work due to the injury, complete a Workers' Compensation Benefits Election form, located at the bottom of the Employee Injury Report, stating whether you want to use annual leave and/or sick leave, or receive Workers' Compensation.
Step 3: Your supervisor will need to submit the Employee Injury Report along with a Supervisors Report [pdf] to CompEndium.
Step 4: You must report the injury to CompEndium Services within 10 days of the date of injury.
In case of an emergency, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room and then contact your supervisor and CompEndium Services at 877-709-2667. Services are available 24 hours/ 7 days a week.
Please refer to the Workers' Compensation Policy [pdf] for additional details, including time lost from work and required forms.
Authorized Treatment Facilities
You must receive medical treatment for work related injuries at the medical facility designated for your campus:
USC Columbia & USC School of Medicine
Center for Health and Well-Being
1401 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Other USC Campuses
Contact your campus Human Resource Office [pdf] for a local designated medical facility, or review these workers' compensation designated medical facilities [pdf] for an approved facility near you.
Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
The University of South Carolina is required to complete OSHA's Form 300A which summarizes work-related Injuries and illnesses that occurred during the year. A summary for each of the system campuses may be found in the HR Toolbox.