Work-Related Injuries

If you have sustained an injury at work, come into WellCare Urgent Care center to get a proper medical evaluation as well as proper documentation of the injury.

Document Workplace Injuries As Soon As Possible

In many occupations, workplace injuries are common occurrences, but injured employees should seek medical attention right away. Without proper medical evaluation, it is difficult to prove that your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence or defective equipment in the workplace. This can make it difficult to place a workplace injury claim and get workers’ compensation coverage for medical expenses.

When you incur a serious injury at work, it is essential to call the local paramedics who will provide emergency treatment before rushing you to a hospital. For a less serious workplace injury, an employer may send you to an urgent care clinic for an evaluation. Your employer will request documentation of your injuries, but you should also receive copies of all of the examination forms and test results. You should keep copies of these in multiple locations to provide to insurance companies, government agencies, or attorneys.

Undergoing Urine and Blood Tests

It is likely that you will require an examination in a timely manner, and the evaluation will include collecting blood or urine samples to determine if you were impaired by alcohol or drugs when you were injured. A positive test for illegal substances can make it impossible for you to collect a workers’ compensation claim or other benefits for your temporary or permanent injuries. While a medical facility such as an urgent care center is considered a third party during these examinations, it is a good idea to bring along a relative to help you.

What Are Some of the Most Common Workplace Injuries?

Occupational injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, and you may only have a minor laceration or a sprained back, but these conditions can become worse from an infection or other causes. It is never a good idea to avoid a physical examination that is required by your employer because it can lead to financial and legal difficulties later.

Some of the injuries that can occur in the workplace include:

  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals
  • A variety of burn injuries
  • Vehicular injuries from trucks or heavy-duty equipment
  • Accidental amputations of fingers, hands. feet or legs
  • Falling or slipping from high levels or on wet floors
  • Fractures from pressure or hard blows
  • Sprains or strains from lifting and moving heavy objects
  • Eye injuries from flying projectiles
  • Contamination from pathogens
  • Concussions from falling objects
  • Inhaling toxic substances
  • Hearing loss from loud noises or explosions
  • Repetitive motion injuries

An on-the-job injury can occur suddenly or, alternatively, it may occur from multiple exposures to dangerous conditions.

Come into WellCare

If you have sustained a work-related injury seek medical care immediately. Not only will this be helpful in making sure you are not seriously harmed but can also provide documentation for the injury. WellCare Urgent Care in Grand Rapids is dedicated to helping out our patients. You can book a same-day appointment online at our Cascade and Leonard locations.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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