Being injured at work can be one of the most stressful situations an adult can face (and lets face it, being an adult is hard enough as it is!) and there is a plethora of information to deal with after your injury. Not only are you hurt, potentially missing work, and worried about how you are going to take care of your everyday tasks while wounded, but now you have to consider the workers compensation paperwork at your place of employment, choosing a physician, and handling aftercare as well.
Its enough to make anyone pause and feel the need to take deep, calming breaths. But there is a help in this situation, if you look in the right places. Here are a few tips to help you navigate this difficult time of your life.
First and foremost, find a Doctor that you are comfortable with.
You are not limited to the office recommended by your employer.
Do not settle for lower quality of your care because you are worried about coverage. According to the Bureau of Worker Compensation, as an injured employee you “have the right to choose any BWC certified doctor.” You want to find a Physician who is focused on helping you heal, not on appeasing your employer, or helping the insurance companies meet their quotas.
To find a BWC certified physician in Ohio, click here https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/provider/services/providerlookup/nlbwc/ProviderSearch.aspx
Second, look out for a clinic who is known to help you with the paperwork.
Unfortunately, many doctors have begun refusing workers comp patients because of the hassle associated with getting approval for treatment, payouts, etc.
Here at Dayton Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Clinic, we have a dedicated Workers Compensation Coordinator whose sole duty is to assist you with workers compensation paperwork.
We can provide services for you from your first report of injury through rehab, allowing you to focus on healing, not the headaches of documentation. We are here for you, and only you, in your time of need.
Third, make sure you attend your follow up appointments and adhere to aftercare instructions.
Physical Therapy allows your body the time it needs to adjust to normal activities after your convalescence. Even when you are feeling healthy and well, these exercises ensure a full recovery and return of your full range of motion.
Remember, you don’t have to suffer through this trying time alone. Call us at Dayton Orthopedic Surgery – (937) 436-5763 today to schedule an appointment and focus on getting back to feeling like you again