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Workers' Compensation

The purpose of Workers' Compensation is to provide care and compensation to University employees who are injured or contract an occupational illness in the course of employment. The UT System of Risk Management requires a Report of On-the-Job Injury or Illness to be completed by employee and supervisor for each job related injury or illness.

State Penalties

  • Do Not Seek Any Type of Treatment from a Physician Prior to Reporting the Injury to CorVel to avoid penalty.
    • The TN Division of Claims and Risk Management will assess a $500 departmental penalty each time an injured worker seeks non-emergency medical treatment prior to treatment (unless it is an emergency) prior to calling CorVel.
  • Injuries must be reported to CorVel within (3) business days to avoid penalty.
    • The TN Division of Claims and Risk Management will assess a $500 departmental penalty each time an employee or employer does not report a work injury within (3) business days after sustaining that injury.

On-the-Job Injury Reporting Procedures
Injured Worker
  1. Report injury to your supervisor when it happens.
  2. Report your injury to CorVel (even minor injuries)
    • Call 1.866.245.8588 Option #1 (nurse line)
    • If you need medical care, the nurse will send you to an authorized doctor. You MAY NOT seek treatment with an unauthorized provider!
    • DO NOT go to the doctor before you report to CorVel.
  3. Complete an Incident Report online via the Origami Portal
  4. You will receive an email confirmation from
  1. You will receive email notification from of the new injury after the injured worker’s submission is complete.
  2. Follow the instructions in the email to submit Supervisor Statement and complete the reporting process.
  3. Follow up with injured worker for the doctor’s return to work status.
  4. Contact campus Human Resources Workers’ Compensation Coordinator to process the return to work.

Report Injury

For Life-Threatening or Serious Bodily Injury ONLY:
Immediately Call Campus Police or Go to the Nearest Emergency Room!

Supervisor -
Must report emergency on-the-job injuries on behalf of injured worker:
  1. Firstly, ensure injured worker has appropriate medical care (nearest ER)
  2. Call immediately to report worker’s injury to CorVel (24/7)
  3. Report the incident to:
      • Campus Safety Officer
      • Supervisor
      • UT System Office of Risk Management
Injured Worker - Must initiate the online reporting process as soon as possible:
  1. Obtain the CorVel claim number from your supervisor
  2. Complete an Incident Report online via the Origami Portal

NOTE: CorVel offers a PPO Lookup website to assist in locating the closest State of TN-authorized treating physician. This link will allow the injured worker to locate a physician or facility via zip code, city/state, and within a certain radius of their current location. This PPO Lookup website does not replace the requirement to call CorVel to report the injury.  All injuries must be reported to CorVel to avoid the penalty. 


This is a new step added to the workers' compensation process for employees who are injured at work.
CVS Caremark has been selected by State of Tennessee to assist employees in obtaining prescription drugs related to their workers’ compensation claim. The First Fill form enables employees to fill initial prescriptions written by authorized workers' compensation physicians for medications related to their job-related injuries. This form is provided to the physician's office by CorVel.

Risk Management

The Division of Risk Management administers a variety of insurance and safety programs which are designed to protect and maintain the financial integrity of all state-owned assets, and provide a safe working environment for state employees and the general public. To report a risk management occurrence involving a NON UT employee, please complete the Incident Report Form and submit to the UT Risk Management Office.

Important Contacts

  • UTHSC Human Resources Representative: Brandi Martin - 901.448.8481 or
  • UTHSC Safety Officer: Tim Barton - 901.448.7374 or
  • UT Risk Management: 865.974.5409 or
  • CorVel Corporation - Claims Management New Claims Call-In – Nurse Triage: 1.866.245.8588
    Existing/old claims (questions, documents, bills, etc…): 1.888.226.7835
  • CorVel Corporation Customer Service: 1.888.226.7835
Oct 25, 2023