When you walk through the doors of your workplace each day, your mind is probably focused on performing your job well and being productive—not on the possibility of sustaining a job-related injury. Nearly one million workplace injuries occur every year.
Most employers dedicate significant portions of their budgets to ensuring that their facilities meet safety standards and that their employees are educated regarding safety at work. But accidents can still happen even with the best protocols. This is where workman’s compensation insurance comes in.
Workman’s comp is a government-mandated employee benefits program that helps workers offset the costs associated with incurring workplace injuries. Also known as workers’ comp, this benefit compensates employees for any medical care and rehabilitation required to treat their injuries, in addition to replacing two-thirds of their income until they can return to work.
Our Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors excel at identifying and treating occupational injuries. From using the latest in diagnostic imaging to integrating multiple avenues of treatment, our chiropractors, orthopedists, and physical therapists work together to support your recovery after being hurt on the job.
Workplace injuries are diverse and happen in every industry. The professions with the highest risk for on-the-job injury include law enforcement, facility maintenance, truck driving, and nursing.
Among the most common injuries acquired on the job are back sprains due lifting heavy objects, repetitive motion injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome caused by excessive computer use), and various traumas sustained in traffic accidents while on job-related business.
With only a few exceptions, any employee who suffers bodily damage while engaged in an activity directly associated with work (whether on the company’s premises or elsewhere) is eligible to receive the benefits of workman’s compensation insurance. This includes not only one-time incidents but, in some cases, also encompasses conditions that develop from performing tasks repeatedly over time.
One of the most common workplace injuries is overexertion, which typically occurs while performing moderate to heavy physical labor. Factory and construction workers, as well as police officers, are especially at risk for this type of injury. Without the support of devices like back or knee braces, employees often pull muscles or push joints past their normal range of motion while pushing, pulling, lifting, or throwing heavy objects.
Conditions like tendonitis, bursitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome can develop in employees whose jobs require staying in the same physical position or repeating the same motion over an extended period, such as working on an assembly line or sitting at a computer for several hours every day.
While any employee could potentially slip and fall while on the job, those at an elevated risk are nurses, restaurant servers, retail clerks, groundskeepers, and security guards. Spilled liquids, just-mopped floors, and icy sidewalks can pose hazards to workers like these due to the constant on-the-go nature of their jobs. Even when a slip doesn’t end in a fall, the recovery motion can result in a sprained back or twisted ankle.
Falling from more substantial heights can pose an even greater danger. Roofers can lose their balance, painters can slip on ladders, and utility workers can misplace their footing, returning to earth with often damaging results. Depending on the height from which they fall and the angle of the impact, hitting the hard ground can cause anything from whiplash to herniated discs to broken bones.
Truck drivers, police officers, repair service workers, and other employees whose jobs require frequent road travel are at higher risk of being injured in an auto accident. Although the injury potential depends on the nature and severity of the impact, neck and back pain are the most common symptoms of trauma following a motor vehicle collision.
If a workplace accident has left you hurting, the Orthopedic Doctors at AICA Ortho and Spine have the equipment and expertise to address the cause of your pain. With easy access to X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, we can quickly determine the full extent of your physical trauma and prescribe a custom treatment plan.
Whether your injuries require regular spinal decompression, joint therapy to restore range of motion, or physical therapy to heal soft tissue damage, our physicians will coordinate your care and provide you with comprehensive treatment options all in one convenient place.
To find out how AICA Ortho and Spine can help relieve your pain and get you back to work faster, give us a call today at (404) 855-2141.