Common Workplace Injuries and Occupational Medicine
Workplace injuries are unexpected and occur more frequently than you may think. If you sustain an injury while on the job, it is essential that you take the right steps to obtain the appropriate medical treatment from an occupational medicine physician. This not only ensures that you have the best chances of recovering and being healthy again, but it can also have a significant role in whether you receive the correct amount of workers’ compensation to which you may be entitled to your injuries.
What is Occupational Medicine?
The purpose of occupational medicine is to treat work-related illnesses, disabilities and injuries and to develop ways to prevent such incidences from occurring. The physicians who are trained in this field of medicine are more efficient than many primary care physicians at diagnosing and treating injuries that occur in the workplace. They are knowledgeable about the state and federal regulations established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other agencies regarding safety and health in the workplace. They also tend to work closely with employers to ensure that employees are safe and healthy while performing their job duties. If you sustain a workplace injury, you should see an occupational medicine physician who will be able to provide you with the most effective treatment plans.
The Most Common Causes of Work-Related Injuries
Overexertion. Overexertion occurs when you lift, carry, pull, push or in some other way move items that you are not physically equipped to handle. Because of the type of treatment and the length of recovery time necessary to heal, overexertion injuries tend to be very costly for worker’s compensation insurers.
Slip-and-fall accidents. These types of accidents can occur anywhere and are typically caused by debris or fluids on the floor. People who work in certain industries, such as construction, are particularly susceptible to slip-and-fall accidents. It is also not uncommon for workers to injure themselves when reacting to a slip rather than from the actual fall.
Malfunctioning machines. Heavy appliances, equipment and power tools you may use to perform your work duties are extremely dangerous, especially if they are not working properly. Even when the necessary precautions are taken, such as wearing protective equipment, you can be injured.
Falling items. The impact and weight of items that fall from certain heights can cause severe and disabling injuries to your head, back, arms and feet.
Vehicle accidents. Whether you are driving your vehicle to complete your job tasks or are operating a company-owned vehicle, the injuries sustained from an accident on the roads or non-roadway areas, such as on a farm, can be catastrophic.
At PrimeCare Urgent Care, we have a staff that is fully prepared to address your medical needs. If you're hurt at work, come into our urgent care to receive occupational treatment.