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I Got Hurt on the Job: Can You Help?

I Got Hurt on the Job: Can You Help?

Sumit Dewanjee, MD, at FXRX Orthopaedics & Bracing in Tempe, Arizona, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and experienced trauma physician. He and his team are well-known for delivering expert orthopedic care to the greater Phoenix area.  

At FXRX, we accept workers’ compensation insurance, providing top-level care for on-the-job orthopedic injuries.

What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is insurance your employer carries to cover your medical costs and a percentage of lost wages if you’re hurt while working. 

It’s a complex system that’s governed by state laws. State laws may vary slightly but are essentially designed to offer care that promotes a full recovery and successful return to work.

A workplace accident may require emergency care. Otherwise, contact your supervisor immediately if you’re hurt at work and follow your company’s guidelines for scheduling medical care.  

What happens during a visit for an on-the-job injury?

You can expect the same quality diagnostic services and treatment at FXRX for an on-the-job injury as any other orthopedic issue. But communicate with your employer before scheduling a visit at FXRX to ensure adequate coverage. 

Also, let our office staff know that you’re filing a workers’ compensation claim so we follow state requirements.

Otherwise, your treatment at FXRX starts with a thorough evaluation that may include diagnostic imaging studies to identify the nature of your injury. 

Based on those results, Dr. Dewanjee develops an individualized treatment plan that may consist of conservative therapies such as medication, bracing, or physical therapy to ensure a successful recovery. 

Depending on the injury, Dr. Dewanjee may recommend surgery if conservative treatments fail to resolve your symptoms adequately.

Will I need to remain off work if I’m injured on the job?

Time off work depends on the nature of your injury. In some cases, Dr. Dewanjee may recommend light duty for a time, allowing you to continue working in a less strenuous role as you heal. 

But if your employer doesn’t have a position that fits light-duty requirements, you might remain off work until you fully recover.

Do you communicate with my employer regarding a work injury?

Per workers’ compensation guidelines, Dr. Dewanjee submits reports to your employer, as state laws require. The reports typically include information about your injury, treatment plan, and recommendations for any work restrictions that apply.

What if my employer doesn’t follow the work restrictions?  

Work restrictions are often an essential part of the recovery process. Ignoring these directions could delay healing or may lead to further injury.  

Contact your workers’ compensation representative if you feel your employer is not following Dr. Dewanjee’s recommendations. Also, please communicate with the FXRX team so we can clear up any confusion your employer might have about jobs you cannot perform during the healing process.

Schedule an evaluation at FXRX today for top-level orthopedic care that may include treatment for a workplace injury. Call our office or request an appointment online.

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