I Hurt Myself at Work: What Should I Do?

Every year around 4.6 million Americans injure themselves at work. In addition to first aid and following company protocol to ensure you’re eligible for workers’ compensation, you need to get the medical treatment you need to recover quickly, minimize your pain, and get back to work and your regular activities quickly and safely. 

Dr. Navdeep Jassal, our board-certified pain management specialist here at Spine & Pain Institute of Florida, not only treats painful injuries but also completes the appropriate paperwork for your claim and ensures everything is handled efficiently. Dealing with a work-related injury can be frustrating, and we do our best to streamline your recovery and claim.

First steps after an injury

First things first: Get the appropriate first aid for your injury. Some of the most common acute work injuries include burns, cuts, fractures, and muscle strains. You can act fast and stop your injury from becoming worse. 

If you develop a work-related repetitive strain injury such as tendonitis, use at-home care to manage your pain. When your pain becomes persistent or interferes with your life or ability to perform your job, it’s time to take the next step.

You need to report your injury to your supervisor and complete any required paperwork. In Florida, you have 30 days to report a work injury, but we recommend reporting your injury as quickly as possible. Delaying your report can delay your claim. 

Next, see a doctor

Your employer or their insurance provider might require a medical exam following a workplace injury. Even if they don’t require an exam, it’s in your best interest to see a doctor. 

It’s common to experience a surge of adrenaline after a dangerous accident, which could prevent you from feeling pain or other symptoms. Dr. Jassal can provide a comprehensive exam for you, including diagnostic imaging studies, and can identify and evaluate your injury before you even have symptoms. 

The best part? You can start treatment before your symptoms crop up, which can minimize or even eliminate disruption in your life. 

Additionally, this starts the medical record of your injury, which might be an essential component of your workers’ compensation claim. 

Finally, follow your treatment plan

We provide comprehensive, customized treatment programs to reduce your pain and help you recover from injuries. Depending on your needs, Dr. Jassal might prescribe medicine, steroid injections, or nerve blocks to minimize your discomfort. If needed, he can also provide a splint or brace to protect your injury while you recover. 

Physical therapy is a common component of most recovery plans so that you can rebuild strength, stamina, and flexibility safely. 

Don’t delay treatment or put off your claim after a work-related injury. Call our office in Lakeland, Florida, or make an appointment online today.

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