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Office of Risk Management

Office of Risk Management

The Risk Management Office under the guidance of the Director of Risk Management, Elizabeth Guimaraes, administers and manages NSU's insurance programs, including monitoring compliance with risk management/insurance policies and procedures. The Office is also responsible for overseeing all healthcare risk management concerns for the Health Professions Division and other medical sites.

The office is also responsible for maintaining a copy of and database for all contracts and leases that are signed on the University's behalf. The Director for Risk Management reports to the Vice President for Finance.

The office is located in the Tower Building, Fourth Floor on the east campus in Ft. Lauderdale. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Our normal business hours are Mon - Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. You cannot receive workers' compensation until you report your injury/accident. The deadline is 30 days in the state of Florida. You may become ineligible for benefits if you file late. The university's policy #37 in line with state code requires written notice. You are also encouraged to file immediately you become aware of your injury. The First Report of Injury packet (FROI), which is used to file your claim, is online. Once you complete the accident report (FROI), please send it to us and keep a copy for your records. Fl statue 440 does not allow for self-referral, the exception is emergent medical care (911). If you are injured at work after regular business hours, or injured badly enough that you need emergency care please go to the ER. You must inform us of same by the next business day.  

Name Title Phone Fax E-Mail
Elizabeth Guimaraes Director of Risk Management (954) 262-5271 (954) 262-3814 Email
Jessie Gilley Risk Management Specialist (954) 262-4329 (954) 262-3721 Email
Open Risk Management Specialist (954) 262-5273 (954) 262-3814
Dr. Charmaine Beckford Workers' Compensation
Risk Management Specialist
(954) 262-5404 (954) 262-6860 Email

Claims Under the Workers' Compensation Coverage Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 situation has evolved from a pandemic to an endemic. Governor DeSantis has allowed all Executive Orders and Directives regarding COVID 19 Mandates to expire or be withdrawn, including CFO Patronis Directive 2020-50 (effective 6/28/2021). To operate consistently with state procedures and workers' comp law, the "presumption" that employees operating as "Frontline Employees" contracted COVID 19 in the course and scope of work for purposes of determining compensability is no longer relevant. However, under certain circumstances contraction of the COVID-19 virus might be determined compensable under workers' compensation coverage as an "Occupational disease" - Florida statue 440.151. Please refer to the statue for full details. To establish a COVID 19 claim, the positive employee will need to establish that they were diagnosed with COVID-19 via a positive test (excluding home tests) or medical professional note. Compensability will be determined by the TPA.

If you become aware of, or an employee reports to you that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 at the workplace and said employee has tested positive for COVID-19, please report the incident to Dr. Charmaine Beckford at bcharmai@nova.edu. Also, please have the individual contact Dr. Beckford for further instructions at 954-262-5404. All reports submitted to Risk Management will be handled on a case-by-case basis (subject to state law variations).

Important Link: https://www.nova.edu/coronavirus/index.html

 

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