Presentation on theme: "My Employee is Injured..Now What?"— Presentation transcript:
2 My Employee is Injured..Now What? Danna CorbellProgram Analyst(VACO)Mark BaumannWC SpecialistVISN 9
3 Course DescriptionProvide an overview of the fundamentals involved in the initial management of a workers’ compensation claim. Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and the employee when an injury occurs.Specifically address the actions required to ensure injured workers receive all benefits to which they are entitled and concurrently protect the interests of the agency.Provide a broad overview of the fundamentals---background for the courses you will be taking during the training that will go into more detail regarding, claim filing, COP, leave management, accident investigation and occupational disease claims.disease.
4 ObjectivesIdentify the appropriate response and action to be taken by a supervisor when an employee is injured on the jobUnderstand the importance of timely filing of claimsUnderstand how to determine the employee’s duty status and appropriate leave statusUnderstand the importance of accident investigationUnderstand the involvement of other parties in responding to the injury
5 Injury Reporting Flowchart My Employee has been Injured… Now What?
6 Injury Reporting Flowchart During Normal Working HoursEmployee experiences an occupational injury or illness- What is the difference between an injury and an illness?Employee immediately reports injury or illness to supervisorDoes employee require emergency treatment? Yes or No?
7 Employee Requires Emergency Treatment Employee and supervisor reports immediately to Emergency Department for medical evaluation and/or treatment, for an injury only.Supervisor creates Incident Report and completes the Incident Report based on supervisor’s investigation of the accident. If employee elects to file for Workers Compensation, employee completes the CA-1 or CA-2 with supervisor assistance. Then supervisor completes the supervisor section of the CA-1 or CA-2.
8 Employee Does Not Require Emergency Treatment Supervisor creates Incident Report and completes the Incident Report based on supervisor’s investigation of the accident.Employee and supervisor report to Occupational Health Section for medical evaluation and/or treatment if the employee requests treatment, for an injury only.If employee elects to file for Workers Compensation, employee completes the CA-1 or CA-2 with supervisor assistance. Then supervisor completes the supervisor section of the CA-1 or CA-2.
9 Injury Reporting Flowchart After Normal Working Hours, Weekends and HolidaysEmployee experiences an occupational injury or illness Employee immediately reports injury or illness to supervisor
10 Injury Reporting Flowchart Employee and supervisor report to the Emergency Department for medical evaluation and/or treatment if the employee requests treatment, for an injury only. Supervisor creates Incident Report and completes the Incident Report based on supervisor’s investigation of the accident.
11 Injury Reporting Flowchart If employee elects to file for Workers Compensation, employee completes the CA-1 or CA-2 with supervisor assistance.Then supervisor completes the supervisor section of the CA-1 or CA-2.Can the supervisor direct the employee to file a claim?
12 ScenarioYour employee is walking into work at 6:50 am. The employee’s shift doesn’t start until 7:15 am. While walking across the grass, the employee steps in a hole, twist their ankle and can barely make it into work. They report to your office and inform you of what happened.What are the steps that you will take in order to assist your employee with their injury?
14 Medical CareYour employee reports an injury today that he alleges occurred 3 days ago. This employee has filed multiple claims with lost time. The employee requests leave to seek medical care.As the supervisor you instruct the employee to report to Occupational Health for examination by the OH physician prior to leaving the facility.Is this action appropriate? Why?Should a CA-16 be issued?Initial choice of physician—violation of FECA statuteCOP—yesCA-16—yes may indicate doubt.
15 Timely FilingYour employee reports an injury at the end of tour prior to the start of your AL the next day (of course!).You realize that your leave will only last for 10 workdays, so you put in a call up to complete the CA-1 or CA-2 on the morning of your return from leave.Will the CA form be submitted timely to OWCP?Time begins when employee electronically and hard copy signs the CA form.
16 CA-1 or CA-2? Should a CA-1 or a CA-2 be filed? Your employee states that an injury occurred due to lifting boxes over a few days last week. When informed that COP is not payable for occupational disease, the employee states that the pain began at 10:00 on Tuesday (last week) after lifting boxes. The employee requests a CA-1.Should a CA-1 or a CA-2 be filed?
17 Continuation of Pay (COP) Your employee files a CA-1 today, for an injury that occurred 30 days ago.Has the employee met the burden of Time?Is the employee entitled to COP?Yes—up to 3 years to fileYes—within the 30 day timeframe
18 Continuation of Pay (COP) If there is immediate time loss on the DOI and if the employee was injured during official work hours, time lost on DOI is charged to ???.If employee is injured before work hours and there is immediate time loss, the first day of COP is the ???.AADOI
19 Light Duty and Continuation of Pay (COP) An employee's regular pay includes night or shift differential and various kinds of premium pay including Sunday pay.True or False?Is your employee entitled to ND if placed on the day shift during the COP period and the regular tour is the night shift?Yes or No?
20 Continuation of Pay (COP) Your employee has a medical appointment at 10:00 AM. The employee’s tour begins at 8:00 AM. The employee calls to say that it does not make sense to come all the way to the VAMC for just 2 hours of work so the employee suggests that s/he will report to work after the appointment and requests COP from 8:00 to 12:00.Should the COP be approved?IW’s are required to follow accepted leave procedures…
21 Alternate Work Assignment Your employee has provided you with a CA-17 that indicates no lifting greater than 10 lbs. Initially you cannot identify alternate work. However, after consulting with the WC Specialist who informs you that you must justify your inability to provide alternate work to the Director; you realize that there are some tasks the employee can perform. Can you inform the employee verbally of the availability of light duty? Is a written job offer necessary?
22 CA-17 (Duty Status Report) Your employee is working an alternate work assignment due to an accepted injury. The last medical documentation the employee provided is 30 days old. Two weeks ago, you verbally requested that the employee provide you with updated medical restrictions, but the employee has not complied. You are aware that the employee has had a medical appointment in the interim. What should you do now?
23 Performance of Duty Is this injury considered to be in the POD? Your employee reported an injury that s/he alleges occurred at 8AM. The employee’s tour begins at 9AM. On the CA-1 the employee states s/he comes early to prepare for the day, read memos that may have been issued, get coffee and/or read the paper.Is this injury considered to be in the POD?No different than employees who are on the premisies outside there tour for personal reasons, avoiding traffic, exercising, filling a prescription. Ect.
24 Challenging Questionable Claims Which of the following is not the responsibility of the Supervisor when challenging the validity of a claim? a. Fully investigate the circumstances of the injury b. Conduct a fact finding c. Provide factual evidence in support of the agency’s position such as time cards and witness statements. d. Promptly respond to questions posed by OWCP e. Delay the questionable claim until the investigation is complete or ask the employee to withdraw it.
26 Supervisor’s Role/Responsibilities Offer immediate medical careTimely completion of CA-1/CA-2 (must submit to OWCP within 10 workdays)Pay COP to eligible Injured WorkerAssist employee in returning to work/provide light dutyRequest duty status update/CA-17Fully investigate injuries and document findingsChallenge questionable claimsCooperate with Workers’ CompensationSpecialist/OWCP inquiresMedical care is #1…may offer OH cannot requireStatutory REQUIREMENT to submit claims to OWCP timelyHeightened responsibility to provide light duty for WR injury
27 Alternate Work Assignment/Light Duty CA-17 Duty Status Report or OWCP-5Identify alternate workRecovery job offerOffer Light Duty in writingInclude physical description of the job/physical demands/location/salaryDate job available and response dateModify assignment as restrictions changeCOP terminates on the date of refusalNotify OWCP
28 FECA /Reasonable Accommodation FECA and Reasonable Accommodation (RA) are two separate and distinct statutes. Each has their own regulatory criteria to apply. FECA is for work-related medical conditions and the ADA is to address non-work-related medical conditions.In cases where OWCP has not yet accepted a claim as work-related, a medical condition may still exist and the law requires agencies to provide RA for those who meet the established criteria. See 29 CFR
29 Identify and Challenge Questionable Claims Differing versions of injurywitness statementsmedical documentationPrevious injuryreports to work with appearance of an injuryTime lagsdelayed report of injurydelay in seeking medical careOther employment
30 Employee’s Responsibilities Report all injuries immediatelyProvide prima facie medical evidence of disability within 10 workdaysCommunicate with supervisor regarding duty statusRequest leave in accordance with proceduresCooperate with Second Opinion or Agency Medical ExamInform physician of the availability of alternate workAccept suitable alternate work
31 References 5 U.S.C. 8101 Code of Federal Regulations, 20 CFR part 10 FECA Procedure Manual Part 2Agency Handbook CA-810OWCP DirectivesECAB Decisions