Nonfatal workplace accidents are some of the most common causes of injuries. In fact, nearly three million people get injured on the job every year. Unfortunately, the road to recovering from your injury and getting back to work is often difficult and confusing.
A workplace injury can turn into a paperwork nightmare, and it can almost feel like you’re spending more time focusing on laws and litigation than your healing and well-being. We want to help you focus on both.
Dr. Joseph Goin at Calvary Urgent Care in Humble, Texas, wants to come alongside you and guide you through your next steps. Here, he details your first steps after getting injured at work, so you can heal quickly and navigate the workers’ compensation process.
See a doctor
This is especially important if your injuries are severe or require emergency medical attention. Dr. Goin specializes in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, and he works closely with you to create a treatment plan that will help you heal quickly and get back to work safely.
He also refers you to specialists if necessary and gives you advice on how to avoid injuries in the future. It’s important that you follow all treatment and therapy plans Dr. Goin recommends. Not only will this help you recover quickly, but it can positively impact your workers’ compensation claims.
More importantly, Dr. Goin is your advocate. Having a specialist like him on your team is crucial to getting a full workers’ compensation benefit. We help you work with your employer to set appropriate workplace restrictions as well as provide evidence in your legal cases.
Dr. Goin specializes in occupational medicine, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of workplace injuries and illnesses. He not only helps you recover, he also helps you prevent re-injuring yourself and avoid health hazards, such as toxic chemicals and other environmental factors.
Report your injury
The worst thing you could do for yourself after a workplace injury is to keep it to yourself. If you want to get your full workers’ compensation benefits, one of your very first steps should be to report your injury to your employer.
Document, document, document
Once you’ve reported your injury, it’s a good idea to start documenting everything. Your employer will likely have you fill out forms detailing the incident. Make copies for yourself or keep notes in another file for your records. Document the exact days and times you talk to your employer and your physician about your accident.
Get a lawyer (if necessary)
The events following a workplace injury can often get complicated and even result in legal battles. We strongly encourage you to seek professional legal representation if you feel you’re being treated unfairly. Dr. Goin and our team are ready to support you in any way we can.
If you’ve had a workplace injury and need to be evaluated, or if you’d like to talk to a workers’ compensation expert, request an appointment online or over the phone today.