Getting your hand crushed while working at a factory. Slipping and falling at your job. Throwing out your back by lifting something heavy. Getting injured on the job and navigating workers’ compensation is a topic we all hope we don’t have to deal with, but in case the worst happens, it’s essential to understand what to do after a work injury for the safety of yourself and those you work with.
Barry Cromer, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at El Paso Specialty Hospital, frequently works with people who have been injured on the job, and he emphasizes the importance of being informed about the process and what you can do to get the care you need. “You don’t want workers’ comp to become a major hassle and prevent you from receiving the care you need,” he says. “Some doctors don’t treat work injuries because of the challenges in navigating the process, causing you to go from one place to the next and delaying treatment. But if you take the right steps and get immediate care, you can get on the road to recovery and get back to work sooner.”
If you are injured while working, be sure to follow these steps to ensure you get the proper treatment, and that your treatment will be covered.
Report your injury to your human resources department or supervisor within 24 hours. Whether you are injured on site or at another location where you are working, it is important that you complete the necessary workers’ comp report and forms right away. If not done immediately, this can create major problems when getting and paying for treatment.
Give a detailed description of the injury and all parts of your body involved.
You may have an obvious injury like a cut or a broken bone, but you could also have a strain in your neck or back that is not apparent right away and could later cause problems. Be sure to report everything from the beginning, whether major or minor.
See a doctor right away.
Go to the emergency room or your healthcare provider immediately. With El Paso Specialty Hospital, you can receive immediate treatment through our ER, or if you go elsewhere and are referred to us, we can see you the next day in the clinic for follow-up care and next steps.
“If you are injured on the job, we encourage you to come to El Paso Specialty Hospital’s emergency room,” says Dr. Cromer. “Our staff is familiar with dealing with work-related injuries and workers’ compensation. We will ensure the proper steps are taken and that you get a thorough exam. Plus, getting follow-up appointments is easy. Our team can typically see people the same day or the next day, unlike other surgeons or specialists who may be booked for weeks.”
Taking the proper steps to document your injury and getting into the right system for immediate care will benefit you in the long run, so you can heal and get back to work and your daily activities sooner.
If you’ve been injured on the job, come to our ER located at 1720 Murchison in El Paso or contact us immediately so we can help you get the care you need.