Almost 3% of full-time workers in the United States are injured each year on the job. If you have the misfortune to find yourself in this group, the orthopedic experts at the Center for Orthopedic Surgery in Lubbock, Texas, can help. In addition to having the expertise to heal your injury, they are also well versed in workers’ compensation and work with you, your employer, and the insurance company to make sure you’re taken care of. If you’ve been injured on the job, call or use the online booking form to schedule an appointment today.
Whether you’re perched high atop some scaffolding, or negotiating an office full of exposed cords, workplace injuries can happen anywhere.
In fact, in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that construction, manufacturing, and retail trade have about the same rate of workplace injuries and lead the pack with around 4% of workers injured annually. Wholesale trade was a close second at 3% and finance and insurance were a distant third, with only 1% of workers suffering an injury each year.
Workplace injuries are varied and can happen at any time, but the most commonly occurring include:
If your injury isn’t life-threatening or doesn’t require emergency care, you should immediately notify your supervisor. It’s important for workers’ compensation that you let your company know as soon as possible after you’ve been injured. That way, they can get the ball rolling with the state to make sure that you’re in the system if you need to file a claim. The goal of the state-run program is to help you cover medical expenses and any wages lost due to your injury.
The next step is to make an appointment at the Center for Orthopedic Surgery to get checked out. After examining your injury and using diagnostic imaging, your doctor can make a diagnosis and come up with a treatment plan.
If your injury is something that develops over time, you should still make an appointment and let your doctor know that it’s a potential workers’ compensation claim.
Your doctor at the Center for Orthopedic Surgery fills out any necessary paperwork for your claim and makes whatever information you want to share available to your employer and your insurance company.
Your doctor’s primary goal is to see that your injury is treated properly, and works with you to come up with a plan that’s best for you. It may entail missing work, or getting reassigned to a position where you won’t be taxed physically. Your doctor makes sure your employer understands the nature of your injury and the limitations that come with it.
If you’re forced to miss work, your doctor provides whatever documentation is needed for your workers’ compensation claim.
The team at Center for Orthopedic Surgery can help every step of the way if you've suffered a work-related injury. Call or use the online form to schedule an appointment today.