Suffering an injury on the job can be a scary ordeal, particularly if it’s a neck or back injury. One of the first things most people worry about is long term health care costs and income loss. Fortunately, there’s actually a system called Worker’s Compensation in place to pay for any care that’s related to your workplace injury.
At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we can walk you through the Workers’ Compensation process while also treating the pain associated with your job-related injury.
The Basics of Workers Compensation
According to the Workers Compensation Board, Workers’ Compensation is an insurance that provides cash benefits and/or medical care for workers who are injured or become ill as a direct result of their job. It’s paid for by employers. Employees are not required to contribute to the fund. If an employee is injured, they will be paid weekly cash benefits and reimbursed for medical costs.
Generally, an employee cannot sue their employer for work injury claims, leaving Workers’ Compensation as the only option for reimbursement. In order to receive a payout, the injured employee must be able to show that the injury was related to their job.
Common Workplace Injuries
No matter what type of job you have, it is important to be aware of the injuries you may be at risk for at work. Some of the most common types of injuries that require treatment include:
- Injuries from repetitive motions
- Walking into items or being hit with falling objects
- Falling or tripping
How Chiropractic Can Help with Your Workplace Injuries
People who get injured at work should seek medical treatment as soon as possible to avoid further complications. In addition to traditional medical care, injured workers may want to consider chiropractic treatment and massage therapy to speed up the healing process.
Chiropractic care is an excellent option for chronic conditions, muscle strain and pain relief. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to perform a variety of different techniques to reduce tissue inflammation caused by injury. They can also suggest therapeutic exercises that may quicken the healing process and prevent future workplace injuries.
When to File a Workers Compensation Claim
In order to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for your injury, be sure to report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. Here are a few reasons why you should inform your employer about your injury immediately:
1. If you wait too long to report your injury, your employer’s insurance company may not believe you are truly hurt and deny your claim.
2. An injury that seems minor in the beginning can get progressively worse and require extensive treatments that may drain your finances.
3. Many work injuries don’t show symptoms until days or weeks after the accident.
Why Choose Goodyear Chiropractic
We have treated workplace injuries for 16 years, and can help you through the compensation process. We will document your care with us and will help you complete paperwork to submit a compensation claim. If you have recently suffered a workplace injury, please don’t wait – schedule an appointment today!