For injuries or occupational illnesses arising out of and in the course of one's employment, benefits may include but are not limited to medical expenses and, in some instances, some or all lost wages.
Every injury, regardless of severity, must be reported to the employee's supervisor immediately to ensure appropriate medical attention, if needed, and to remedy the condition or circumstances that caused the incident. Supervisors should review the details of the accident with the injured employee and the employee should complete the Brown University Injury Report Form and submit it the Insurance Office within 48 hours of the accident. Delays in reporting may jeopardize an employee's eligibility for WC benefits.
The Insurance Office must receive proper medical documentation from the employee's attending physician substantiating the disability and work restrictions as soon as possible to process claims for lost wages and/or medical expenses. If physical therapy is needed due to an on the job injury, please see our Physical Therapy Policy.
Brown University has a Preferred Provider Network (PPN) in place, which was approved by the Worker' Compensation Medical Advisory Board.
The RI Workers' Compensation Act mandates that injured employees shall have the freedom of choice to obtain health care, diagnosis, and treatment from any qualified health care provider initially.
Any change by the employee from the initial health care provider of record will require selection from a health care provider listed on the PPN. If the employee seeks to change to a health care provider not in the approved PPN, the employee must obtain the approval of their case manager prior to doing so.
In the event an injured employee requires the services of a specialist within a category not represented within the PPN, the employee remains free to choose the health care provider of his/her choice.
Please click here to review the PPN.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave runs concurrently with Workers' Compensation leave time. If you are out longer than six months, your job-protected status may change.
Please click here to view a list of frequently asked questions related to workers' compensation.
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Return to Work Program
Brown provides a comprehensive Return to Work program to facilitate injured employees' return to their original jobs or to temporary alternative positions. A variety of jobs and opportunities throughout the campus may be available for those able to work with medical consent.
The Return to Work program minimizes the loss of wages and utilizes talents and skills during the rehabilitation process until employees are able to return to their original positions. The Return to Work program is coordinated by the Insurance Office.