I Had an Accident on the Job: What Should I Do Now?

If you have an accident at work and hurt yourself, you're not alone. Every year, more than more than 4 million Americans sustain injuries at work. 

Your safety should be your first concern, but you may also be eligible for workers' compensation. To receive this coverage, you need to see a physician for an exam, diagnosis, and any necessary treatment. Fortunately, with the proper care, you can minimize your pain while you recover and return to your job and your leisure activities quickly.

If you live or work in or around Lakeland, Florida, and have an accident at work, you can count on expert treatment at Spine & Pain Institute of Florida. Our board-certified pain management specialist, Dr. Navdeep Jassal, provides state-of-the-art diagnostics and personalized treatment plans to help you recover quickly and safely. Additionally, Dr. Jassal can complete the workers' compensation paperwork for your claim.

What to do right after a work injury

If you’re injured at work, your first step should be first aid. Common work injuries include burns, cuts, fractures, and muscle strains. Taking prompt action can make a big difference to your recovery. 

However, not all work injuries happen rapidly. Whether you work on a computer all day or at a construction site, if you do the same thing repeatedly, you can develop repetitive strain injuries such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. If you have persistent pain, stiffness, or swelling, it's time to talk to a doctor. 

What to do when your work injury is stabilized

Most employers have injury protocols in place. Once you’re safe, you need to report the injury to your manager or follow the appropriate channels. You have 30 days to report a work injury in the state of Florida, but be sure to follow your employer's instructions. Also, reporting your injury as soon as possible can help prevent delays if you need to file a workers' compensation claim. 

You might need a medical exam after a workplace injury. Your employer — or their insurance provider — might require proof that it's safe for you to return to work and perform your regular responsibilities. 

Accidents can trigger an adrenaline surge, which can mask pain and other symptoms. Even if you're not in pain immediately, Dr. Jassal can check for injuries and start treatment before the adrenaline wears off and the pain kicks in. Here at Spine & Pain Institute of Florida, we offer thorough exams and diagnostic imaging services like X-rays to identify injuries quickly and accurately. 

One more benefit of seeing a doctor right away is that it starts an official record of your injury and its impact on your life. A doctor's report is often an essential part of a workers' compensation claim. 

Follow the doctor's orders

Dr. Jassal provides treatment to ease your pain and other symptoms while you recover from your work-related injury. He offers a comprehensive range of treatments, including anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, and nerve blocks. He can also fit you with a brace or splint to immobilize an injury while you heal. 

Dr. Jassal often combines pain-relieving treatments with physical therapy. Physical therapy helps you rebuild your strength, stamina, and flexibility, so you can get back to work — and fun activities — as quickly and safely as possible. 

If you hurt yourself at work, don't put off seeing a doctor or getting treatment. Call us right away or request an appointment online while you’re here on the website.

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