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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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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.