We typically associate work-related injuries with more hazardous types of jobs – a construction worker, firefighter, police officer, factory worker, for example. And while having a job in a more “hazardous” industry increases your chances of getting hurt on the job, the truth is that sustaining a work-related injury can happen to any one of us, on any type of a job or work site, even if you’re in transit.
Think about this – you may spend hours on the job sitting at a computer and hunched over the keyboard. This simple daily activity can result in neck sprains or carpel tunnel syndrome. Or you may be a delivery worker, constantly getting in and out of a truck that can lead to strained muscles or sprains in your leg/ankle joints. We do our jobs like clockwork or on autopilot, not even realizing the potential damage we’re doing to our bodies.
What is a Work-Related Injury?
The United States Department of Labor defines work injury or illness as an “event or exposure in the work environment that either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.” Some of the most common work-related injuries in California include:
- Slips, Trips, Falls
- Repetitive Strain Injury (strains, sprains)
- Shoulder, neck, back pain, injuries from lifting heavy objects, etc.
- Crashes, Collisions
- Being Hit by Falling Objects
What to Do if You’re Hurt on the Job
If you are hurt at work, immediately get medical help, and tell your employer or supervisor what happened. Timing is crucial.
What is Worker’s Compensation Insurance?
Most employers are required by California law to carry worker’s compensation insurance, which covers expenses associated with your injuries, such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and other associated costs. If the accident is fatal, it pays death benefits to families.
It’s important to know workers’ compensation is not automatic. Having an examination by a doctor who specializes in workers’ compensation is the first step toward receiving benefits.
We Can Help You with Your Worker’s Compensation Case
The doctors at the affordable clinics that make up the UrgentMED network are experienced in handling work-related injuries and workers’ compensation cases. We work with employers everywhere to ensure that their work-related injuries are treated properly with the best follow up care possible. Our clinics are able to perform X-rays on site, prescribe medications and medical equipment as needed, and even offer on-site physical therapy at two of our locations. Our clinics are truly a one-stop shop for your worker’s compensation needs. We accept most insurance and offer affordable rates for uninsured patients.
With 15 locations, we’re conveniently located throughout Los Angeles and Anaheim. UrgentMED is the largest comprehensive urgent care network in Southern California and offers the best urgent care services in the area. We look forward to helping you stay on a healthy track.