May 05, 2018
Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe work environment and make deliberate, federally compliant, and coordinated safety efforts to ensure that all precautions are taken to reduce risks to injuries in the work place. Even the most exhaustive of safety plans cannot prevent all workplace injuries if employers do not actually practice the safety they preach. This is a reality which underscores the importance of employers having insurance policies in place to cover employees that are injured while performing their job duties.
The workplace hazards and risks of injury or illness varies greatly among industries; for example, an individual working in a technology manufacturing plant will have different safety and exposure risks than an individual working on a construction site. Although the risks may differ from industry to industry, most not life-threatening injuries will call for commonly used methods of medical care. The most common types of medical treatment when a work injury results includes the following: Urgent or Emergency Care; Physical Therapy; X-rays, Cat Scans(CT), and MRIs; Orthopedic Doctors; and sometimes, Surgery and Recovery.
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Urgent or Emergency Care
Urgent or Emergency Care medical treatment facilities are a resource commonly used by employers for non-life-threatening workplace injuries because the facilities are often comprehensive with the capability to diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical issues, often with lower costs and shorter wait times than visiting the Emergency Room of your local hospital. If your injury is serious and/or life-threatening, you will likely be referred to a medical hospital for more involved care.
Physical Therapy is a great resource for assisting an employee to return to their pre-injury physical condition, reducing the likelihood of the injury causing long term symptoms or permanently reduced functionality of the body part injured. For example, if an employee injures their ankle during work and the treatment requires the to stay off of their ankle for a month, this may cause the ankle to lose strength and flexibility. Therefore reducing their ability to perform as adequately before the injury. Some activities that may be affected are standing for long periods of time or performing certain physical movements with the ankle, such as a pivot. Physical therapy can mitigate the long-term effects of the injury by working with a team of trained physical therapists to improve the condition of the injured body part, and any activities that could be affected. As the injury gets more serious, there may be a need for more involved diagnostic testing before considering physical therapy that may actually cause more pain than relief.
Radiological Exams, X-Rays, Cat Scans, and MRIs
Some more serious injuries are not able to be diagnosed without the use of radiological exams, such as x-ray, cat scan, or MRI. Some examples of injuries in which these types of testing can be utilized include broken bones; spinal injuries and herniations, torn or sprained ligaments, tendons, or muscles; or head injuries such as concussion.
Orthopedic doctors specialize in the treatment of health issues related to bones and joints, such as a bone, herniated discs, or torn shoulder tendons. Seeking prompt medical treatment for orthopedic injuries is critical in reducing further damage to the injured area, reducing the likelihood of long term damage and accelerating recovery from the injury.
Surgery and Recovery
Some of these severe workplace injuries require surgery and recovery time, which can be costly in terms of medical treatment and lost wages from work. If a work-related injury requires surgery and recovery time and the injury was sustained while working for a Texas Non-Subscriber employer, you may be having a difficult time getting the insurance to approve the procedure.
Do not wait! Contact your Texas work injury attorney, as soon as possible to discuss whether you are receiving the treatment you deserve based on your injury.