Workers’ Compensation Questions and Answers
At Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care, we specialize in helping employees with worker’s compensation claims. Our professionals will diagnose and treat you to help you regain your health and assist you to return to work safely. Please call us for more information or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Fairfax VA, Washington DC, Bethesda MD, Arlington VA, Falls Church VA, Alexandria VA and surrounding areas.
Working in a fast-paced work environment can increase your risk for injuries like sprains and fractures. At Orthopedic Immediate Care, centrally located in Arlington, Virginia, the knowledgeable team of orthopedic specialists are fully equipped to diagnose and treat your work-related injury. The staff is also experienced in managing the many aspects of a workers’ compensation claim to protect your rights. If you’re injured on the job and need urgent medical attention for musculoskeletal injuries, visit the office as a walk-in or book an appointment online or by phone.
What are common work-related injuries?
There are a number of work-related injuries that can affect your health and ability to stay active and working. On-the-job injuries often result due to:
- Falling objects
You can also be seriously injured getting hit with moving equipment or becoming trapped in moving machinery.
In some cases, work-related injuries may involve repetitive and overuse injuries due to constant heavy lifting and other strenuous activities required on the job.
What should I do if I’m injured at work?
In the event you sustain a serious injury, such as head trauma or severe bleeding, you need to seek emergency medical care or call 911.
For nonemergency injuries, the first thing to do is notify your supervisor about your injury then visit Orthopedic Immediate Care for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Be sure to tell your provider that your injury happened at work and provide any details you have about how the injury occurred. The staff at Orthopedic Immediate Care are familiar with the regulations and requirements of workers’ compensation cases and document your treatment accordingly.
What happens during my visit for a work-related injury?
Upon your arrival, you’ll see an experienced orthopedic specialist who reviews your medical history and symptoms before performing a physical exam of the injured area.
To determine the cause of unexplained pain or to confirm a diagnosis of a broken or fractured bone, your Orthopedic Immediate Care provider may request X-rays. These imaging tests are available on-site for your convenience.
After they determine a diagnosis, your provider creates a treatment plan to alleviate pain and other symptoms. They can provide you with a list of restrictions or limitations you need to follow if you’re able to return to work.
If your injury is serious and you can’t go back to work, your Orthopedic Immediate Care provider can provide the documentation you need for workers’ compensation. They may also refer you for additional treatment with a specialist if you need advanced medical care, including surgery.