An American is injured at work every seven seconds. That means that 510 people are injured every hour, and 4.6 million people are hurt at work each year. While most work-related accidents can be prevented by following safety precautions and using common sense, obviously, work-related accidents can — and do — happen.
So what should you do if you’re injured at work? Our team of expert physical therapists here at Logos Physical Therapy in Perth Amboy & Somerville, NJ, helps a lot of patients recover from work-related injuries. As a result, we know what you need to do to make sure you recover quickly and safely and fulfill worker’s compensation requirements.
Steps to take when you’re injured at work
Whether you work in an office, school, or factory, you don’t anticipate getting hurt at work. Accidents can trigger an adrenaline rush, which can reduce your pain and help you get through any immediate crisis. It’s critical to keep calm and get the help you need as quickly as possible.
First aid is your first step following a work-related injury. Stop any bleeding, if necessary call 911, or get immediate medical treatment. The most common work-related injuries include:
- Muscle strains
- Ligament and tendon injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
Depending on the severity of your injury, you might need emergency or urgent treatment. Do what you need to do to protect your life and limbs.
Next, report the accident by notifying your supervisor and completing any necessary paperwork to document the details of the accident and your injury. Technically, you have up to 30 days to notify your employer of your injury, but the sooner you make the report, the more quickly your claim can start to move through the process.
Even if you had first aid at work and feel okay, you should still seek medical evaluation following a work-related injury. That adrenaline surge we mentioned earlier can prevent you from feeling pain or other symptoms for several hours or even days. However, trained medical professionals can assess your condition and identify injuries before you even start to experience symptoms.
Why it’s essential to see a health care provider after an injury
In many cases, if you start treatment for an injury immediately, you can reduce any pain or minimize disruptions to your life. We can help you get back to work and other activities quickly and safely and reduce your risk of long-term problems. Even if you’re dreaming of a couple of days away from work, time off isn’t fun if you’re laid up with a painful injury.
How physical therapists can help
Our team of expert physical therapists provides customized treatment plans to help your body recover from injuries. We can also help you reduce your risk of future or recurring injuries by helping you improve your balance, core strength, and flexibility.
If you’ve had a work-related injury, call us or make an appointment online. Our team is ready and waiting to help you recover and get back to your regular activities.