Injured at Work?
Each year in the United States, millions of workers endure occupational injuries. Workers’ Compensation is a system of protections and cares put in place by state governments to assist those employees injured at work including those that contract an occupational disease while working. Workplace injuries range in severity, and some can be fatal.
The most common, non-life-threatening workplace injuries include:
* Falls from heights to lower levels
* Repetitive motion injuries
* Slips, trips and falls
* Overexertion and lifting/lowering injuries
* Falling objects or debris
* Work-related vehicular accidents
What is workers’ compensation?
If you sustain a job injury or a work-related illness, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, or Act, provides for your medical expenses and, in the event you are unable to work, wage-loss compensation benefits until you're able to go back to work. Additionally, death benefits for work-related deaths are paid to your dependent survivors.
Benefits are paid by private insurance companies (also includes third-party administrators) or the State Workers' Insurance Fund (a state-run workers' compensation insurance carrier) self-insured employers. Nearly every Pennsylvania worker is covered by the Act. Employers must provide workers' compensation (WC) coverage for all of their employees, including seasonal and part-time workers. Nonprofit corporations, unincorporated businesses and even employers with only one employee must comply with the Act's requirements.
What if I get injured at work?
In Pennsylvania, if you experience an injury at work, you should notify your employer immediately in writing of the injury or occupational disease and request that you receive medical services. Be sure to review your employee handbook for any additional steps you may need to take regarding a workplace injury.
If your work injury is severe or complicated, you may want to consult with a workplace compensation or personal injury attorney for guidance. The State of Pennsylvania's Workers’ Compensation FAQ page provides additional advice on how to notify your employer and what you’ll need to document your injury and subsequent treatment.
Workplace injuries: What are my rights?
If you become injured at work, it is crucial to know that as the employee, you have the sole right to choose your treating physician(s).
In workers’ compensation cases, all necessary medical treatments and hospitalization stays or services are provided by either the employer’s insurance carrier or the employer.
Work-related injuries and chiropractic treatment
On average, one in three workplace injuries involves musculoskeletal injuries, which affect ligaments, muscles, tendons and even bones. These injuries can occur due to trauma or wear and tear from daily routines. Many people who experience these types of workplace injuries are potentially suitable candidates for chiropractic care.
Benefits of chiropractic care for workers’ compensation injuries
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive form of treatment that helps promote healing.
Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to perform a variety of different techniques including manual manipulation of the spine (i.e., adjustments) as well as massage and electrical stimulation of tissue. Chiropractic care helps reduce tissue inflammation caused by injury, and it also helps reduce pain caused by many workplace injuries.
Chiropractic care is an attractive alternative to the use of narcotic painkillers, which can lead to dependency and abuse. Doctors of chiropractic can suggest therapeutic exercises that may speed the healing process in some cases and also prevent future workplace injuries such as overexertion, by teaching proper lifting techniques.
What if I need Medical Treatment too?
At PA Pain & Rehab, we have medical doctors and a nurse practicioner on staff that can assist you with you any medical issues you may have as a result of your work related injury. They work closely with our chiropractors to give you the most comprehensive care all in one place. No need to go to multiple offices to treat for your injuries.
Never miss an appointment because you are in too much pain or unable to drive! We will schedule a driver to pick you up at home, drop you off at one of our four convenient locations, and then drive you back home after you are finished with your appointment. This service is provided at no cost to our patients.
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