Any injury incurred at the workplace must be documented and reported. If you are injured at work, the best thing to do is to report the injury to your supervisor immediately and ensure that they file a report to appropriately document the injury.
If you are injured, it is very important to understand that you have the right to choose one doctor or medical provider that you trust to place your best interests first. Understand that you once you choose this doctor, all referrals must come from this medical provider including referral to a specialist.
After this choice, all other referrals must be approved by the insurance company. You may be encouraged by your employer to choose their “company” doctor. However, remember that it is your choice and your right as to which doctor you choose as your treating physician. Do not allow yourself to be pressured into a decision you are uncomfortable with and that may significantly limit your options for care.
Leaving any injury unattended, or prolonging a visit to the doctor, may add further risk or harm. Furthermore, if not attended to right away the cause of the injury may be ambiguous. This ambiguity may be used by the insurance company to attempt the denial of responsibility for your legitimate work injury.
Common injuries incurred at workplace include, but not limited to:
- Back spasm or strain
- Ligament Tears
- Herniated Discs
- Repetitive Use Injuries
- Bruising and/or Inflammation
Your doctor will be able to determine if further examinations or treatments are needed, and will work with the respective insurance companies to document the recommended treatment plans, work restrictions, and estimated “return to work” dates.