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Reporting Workplace Injuries and Workers' Compensation For Student Interns

Insurance Coverage:

Winthrop University provides workers’ compensation insurance coverage for students enrolled in non-paid internship courses or programs.  Insurance coverage is administered by the State Accident Fund (SAF) with medical case management provided by Compendium Services, Inc., through a contractual agreement with SAF.  Workers’ compensation claims are filed electronically by Compendium Services in response to the telephone submission of a “First Report of Injury” from the student intern’s supervisor.

When an injury or illness is determined by SAF to be work-related, the student intern’s medical expenses including prescription drugs and mileage for doctor’s visits in excess of 10 miles per round-trip may be paid.

Questions regarding the workers’ compensation plan or reporting procedures should be directed to Gregory ‘Thadd’ Bridges, Workers’ Compensation Administrator, at 803-323-2392 or bridgesg@winthrop.edu.

Reporting Minor Injuries or Work-Related Illnesses:

  1. Should any non-paid student intern sustain a minor injury or develop a work-related illness while performing their internship duties, they must immediately report the injury or illness to their internship supervisor.
  2. Should medical treatment be needed for the injury or illness, the supervisor must contact Mr. Bridges at 803-323-2392 or call Compendium Services directly at 877-709-2667 to file the “First Report of Injury” and receive authorization for treatment.  All non-emergency medical treatment must be pre-approved by Compendium Services.  In Rock Hill, non-emergency medical treatment is provided by:

Occumed at Riverview Medical Center
1393 Celanese Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
(803) 327-0033

In internship locations other than Rock Hill, Compendium Services will provide the name(s) and location(s) for an authorized medical treatment facility.

  1. If the supervisor contacts Compendium Services directly, they must also notify Mr. Bridges of the injury or illness claim.

Student interns should report all injuries and work-related illnesses to their supervisor, no matter how minor they may seem at the time.  An intern who fails to report an injury or work-related illness may risk being denied benefits by SAF should medical treatment be needed at a later time.

Medical Emergencies:

In the event of a serious or life-threatening injury that requires immediate or emergency medical attention, call 911 or the appropriate emergency response service for the internship location.


  1. Compendium Services and Mr. Bridges must be contacted as soon as the situation allows.
  2. If an injured intern is transported to an emergency medical facility for treatment, the supervisor or a designated representative should accompany the intern and remain at the facility until the intern is either admitted or released.
  3. The supervisor or designated representative should inform the treating facility that a workers’ compensation claim may be filed for the injured intern and be prepared to provide the following insurance information, if needed:

For treatment authorization and case management:

Compendium Services, Inc.                            
TEL 877- 709-2667                               
FAX 877- 710-2667

For billing and payment information:

State Accident Fund                               
P.O. Box 102100                               
Columbia, SC 29221-5000                               
TEL 800-521-6576

For verification of internship enrollment and insurance coverage:

Gregory ‘Thadd’ Bridges                               
Winthrop University                               
TEL 803-323-2392                               
FAX 803-323-2426                               

bridgesg@winthrop.edu

 

 

 
 

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