Injured on the Job? Your First Steps Are Important

If you’re one of the 4.6 million people who are injured at work every year, you need to follow certain steps to make sure you recover quickly and get the workers’ compensation coverage you deserve. 

Here at Spine & Pain Institute of Florida in Lakeland, Florida, Dr. Navdeep Jassal, our board-certified pain management expert, has years of experience in diagnosing and treating work-related injuries. In addition to using innovative treatments to help you recover so you can get back to your regular work and social activities, he also coordinates with you and your employer to ensure all paperwork is completed and submitted correctly. 

No one anticipates being injured at work, so it’s critical to stay calm and get the help you need as quickly as possible. 

The most common work-related injuries include:

Even if adrenaline is coursing through your veins and you don’t feel any immediate pain, don’t ignore your injury. Make sure to follow protocol and get medical attention.

First aid first

Your first step after an injury on the job should be to get first aid. Whether you need to stop bleeding, put cold water on a burn, or receive CPR in a worst-case scenario, getting immediate help can prevent your injury from worsening, or it could even save your life. 

Report your injury

Once you’re stable, report your injury to your supervisor and complete any protocols or paperwork. By law in Florida, you have 30 days to report a work-related injury. However, the earlier you complete your report, the better. The more quickly you report your injury, the more rapidly your claim can move through the system.

See a doctor

Even if you don’t feel any pain, it’s critical to have your work injuries assessed by an authorized physician. Dr. Jassal works closely with most of the employers in Lakeland and is well-placed to help you with on-the-job injuries. 

Often after an accident, your body surges with adrenaline. While this helps you get through a crisis, it can also mask pain. You might be tempted to skip seeing a doctor if you’re not in pain. We recommend getting checked out no matter what. 

Why you need to get medical attention after a work injury

We can evaluate your injury even if you’re not in pain. This is critical for several reasons. First, we can begin treatment right away to help you recover and reduce the amount of pain you experience. Second, this initial appointment allows Dr. Jassal to complete the necessary workers’ compensation paperwork.

Dr. Jassal and our whole team are committed to helping you recover quickly and safely. In addition to treating your injury, we offer a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art interventional pain management treatments to reduce or eliminate any pain that stems from your injury.

If you’ve suffered a work-related injury, give our office a call or make an appointment online today for expert treatment and support. 

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