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Worker's Compensation

The State Government Workers' Compensation Program is administered and managed by the Office of State Human Resources. The purpose of the program is to ensure that all eligible employees who experience a work-related injury or illness receive appropriate medical care and equitable benefits as provided under the Workers' Compensation Act and the State Human Resources Policy.

The State is a self-insured employer and has contracted with a Third Party Administrator (TPA) to handle the workers' compensation claims of most employees. The TPA is responsible for all compensation and medical bill payments through a workers' compensation fund established by State agencies and universities and administered by the Office of the State Controller, in cooperation with the Office of State Human Resources.

The State Government Workers’ Compensation Program (SGWCP) was established in 1985 and is administered in the Office of State Personnel. The purpose of the program is to provide benefits to employees who sustain job related injuries or contract occupational diseases during the course and scope of their employment. Benefits are in the form of compensation for medical expenses and lost work time due to injury or illness.

All employees of the university are covered by the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Any employee who suffers an accidental injury in the course of employment or contracts an occupational disease within the meaning of the Workers’ Compensation Act is entitled to medical attention at the expense of the university. If applicable, the injured employee is also entitled to disability compensation, including a weekly compensation benefit for the time lost from work.

The North Carolina Industrial Commission established the rules and regulations under which the Workers’ Compensation Act is administered. Determination of liability and all bills for payment as a result of the injury will be processed according to these rules and regulations. In case where the university and the injured employee cannot agree on liability or compensation, the Commission will hold hearings.

All Workers’ Compensation claims are handled by a Third Party Administrator (TPA) which is contracted by the state. The TPA currently responsible for handling all WSSU claims is CorVel. The TPA is responsible for accepting or denying, processing, and monitoring claims.  WSSU and CorVel try to provide the best possible medical care for injured employees to help them reach maximum medical improvement and return to work as soon as possible.