Injuries in the workplace can often be unavoidable, especially those caused by human error. However, they can really impact both the employee and the employer when they do happen.
For example, those who suffer a workplace illness may feel anxious and low while handling their injury. The employer will have to cover the compensation costs and make up for a lost employee while they recover.
Globally, 2.3 million people suffer a workplace injury each year. In the US, 84% of workplace injuries that occur are slips, trips, falls, or overexertions. Contact with equipment or objects and transportation accidents follow up closely behind on the list of injury causes.
How To Begin The Process of Recording Your Injury
When an injury like this happens at work, your first step should be to report the incident to your employer. Often paperwork needs to be filled out for both the employer and the workers compensation insurance organization. Alternately you can request that someone do so on your behalf so that it can be reported. You can then use this report at a later date to supplement any worker’s compensation claims or litigation.
Usually, if you need to rush off to urgent care immediately following the injury, there is a time window after the incident where you are permitted to report it.
After suffering an injury at work, big or small, it is also essential that you make sure you get it seen to. Taking action is vital as what may seem like a minor injury to you when it happens could progress into something bigger or be more severe than you think.
If you’re worried about the charges involving medical care for your workplace injury, you should speak to your employer about worker’s compensation insurance and your rights. We can care for all kinds of injuries and will do so while working to keep your employer’s insurance premiums low where possible.
Some of the most prevalent injuries that take place within the workplace are:
- Carpal Tunnel
- Tennis Elbow
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Bone fractures
If not treated correctly and left to heal on their own, any of these conditions could cause more detriment in the long term. They should be treated symptomatically and checked to ensure no further damage.
Once you have been seen by a medical professional, you will be able to recover and slowly return to work. Any other elements of your life affected by your injury will also be able to return to normal slowly.
We Are Your Solution
In Oregon, Mountain Medical Urgent Care Clinic offers the chance to get your workplace injury seen to quickly. We’re open six days a week between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm, walk in and get your illness or injury assessed. As an Urgent Care Center, Mountain Medical can support your usual physician’s office but with the bonus of services not usually available outside of a hospital.
For example, we can offer x-rays, casting, and even laceration repairs cheaper than the emergency room. You can call us on 541-388-7799 or visit us for a walk-in appointment Monday to Saturday every week.