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University of Maryland (UMD) provides workers’ compensation benefits to employees who are injured in the course of their employment in accordance with the University System of Maryland and the State of Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act. Employees who sustain accidental personal injuries or occupational diseases arising out of and in the course of employment are covered by the UMD Workers’ Compensation program. Workers’ compensation benefits include medical treatment, wage replacement, vocational rehabilitation and compensation for permanent disabilities as well as other related benefits.
UMD is committed to the prompt and effective treatment and rehabilitation of employees injured on the job. In the event of a disabling work injury, UMD will attempt to return injured employees back to work in some capacity as soon as medically indicated. Suitable work is productive and useful to the University’s operations and complies with the employee’s medical restrictions allowing a safe return to work as quickly as possible. Suitable transitional work allows the employee to progressively assume full, pre-injury duties.
Looking for Forms?
Forms for reporting job-related injuries, including instructions and important definitions, are available online. The improved forms consist of a page to be completed by an injured employee, a page to be completed by their supervisor and another page to be completed by any witnesses.
- All of the Report of Injury forms and instructions in Adobe's pdf format Includes the:
- Employee Report of Injury
- Supervisor Report of Injury
- Witness Report of Injury
- All of the Report of Injury forms and instructions in Word format
- Definitions for the Report of Injury form
Frequently Asked Questions
- Employees no longer have the option of using sick leave when injured on the job. Employees who are eligible for accident leave must use accident leave.
- Employees who are past the accident leave eligibility and need to be compensated with temporary total benefits (paid by Injured Workers' Insurance Fund), no longer have to exhaust their sick leave first.
- Employees scheduled for a workers' compensation hearing or an independent medical evaluation (IME) may use release time, but no more than 4 hours and must indicate what the "release time" is for.
- Sick leave is allowed for employees who fall into the category of temporary partial benefits (TPB). For example: employees who are past the accident leave time frame and are having recurring problems that require medical attention, but, need only hours off for doctors' appointments or physical therapy may opt to use their sick leave in lieu of TPB.
Workers' Compensation Law
In 2003 in the case of "Harris vs the Howard County Board of Education" the Court of Appeals made a ruling that changed the way the law was written in the State of Maryland. In the past, the State of Maryland was an "accidental injury state", which meant that something unusual had to occur for the injury to be considered compensable. That is no longer the case. The new law states "it is not necessary for an injury to be unusual, it only has to result in something unexpected."
- University of Maryland Fitness for Duty Policy and Procedures
- University of Maryland System Policy on Accident Leave for Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees
- University of Maryland Policies and Procedures Concerning Accident Leave for Faculty
- Injured Workers' Insurance Fund
- Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission