Being injured at work can produce a lot of stress. Not knowing whether to seek immediate care can cause some to delay treatment. Your emotions may be all over the place. Will your employer be upset, can you afford to take time off, who will pick-up the kids after school? Other concerns could be cost and reaching your primary care physician. You will need to know if your insurance covers the full expense of seeking emergency medical care. If you are hurt at work and can’t get in to see your regular doctor, seeking treatment at an urgent care facility may be the answer. Continue reading for 3 reasons why you should consider an urgent care facility for your next workplace injury.
1. All Injuries Should be Checked-out
Injuries that occur at work should receive the same consideration as an injury incurred elsewhere. Whether you cut your finger or suffer a back sprain lifting a large box, seek treatment. It is important to receive immediate medical attention for a work-related injury because there may be a question of legal implications. No matter how minor the injury may be, have it looked at by a physician. Before leaving work report the incident to your supervisor or manager. Make sure the incident is documented and you receive a copy of that documentation. If you are able to leave on your own accord, going to an urgent care may be quicker than the local emergency room. The staff will know the proper protocol for handling a number of work-related injuries.
2. If You’re Hurt at Work You Need to File a Workers Comp Claim
Making the decision to file a workers comp claim may come with some reservation. It is your duty and right to do so. Paying for medical care out of pocket or through your health insurance could negate benefits you are entitled to through workers compensation. It may also make it difficult to recoup out of pocket expenses you have paid. If your injuries worsen or lead to chronic pain, you may not be able to file a claim later on. Workers compensation insurance should pay for all of your medical care if you are hurt on the job.
3. When to Choose Urgent Care?
Getting in to see your primary care physician can take weeks for a regular appointment. Imagine trying to get in when you need to see someone quickly. If you are hurt at work and the injury is severe or you are non-responsive you will be taken to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. Urgent care is for those injuries that require immediate treatment but are not life-threatening. You will be seen by a certified physician in a timely manner. Going to urgent care may cost a little more, but remember, your injury most likely will be covered by workers compensation insurance.
If you are ever injured on the job
Remember to notify your employer as soon as possible. Seek medical treatment immediately, document the injury and file a workers comp claim. Coastal Urgent Care of Houma is open 7 days a week and we treat work-related injuries. We are located at 1411 St. Charles St. Houma, LA 70360, or call 985.709.0136.