Should You Go to Urgent Care After a Workplace Accident?
Whether or not to seek medical attention after an accident is a personal choice that many people have trouble talking about with others. This sense of privacy can be costly, though, because it can lead to hidden injuries that go unchecked and untreated, or to side effects and secondary issues complicating what is, at first, a simple injury. Still, going to urgent care usually means an uncertain wait time, which can wind up eating not only your work day but also your time after your shift ends.
The reason that employers are required to provide you with access to care if you’re hurt on the job is to keep you on that job, though. It’s your right to access that care, and nearly every employer is required by state law to not only cover the cost, but to work with any restrictions that your doctor puts on your recovery. If you seek medical assistance on your own, it can be more difficult to access these accommodations because it opens up questions about when the injury being treated happened.
To protect yourself, you should file an accident report as soon as possible when you are hurt. If you do that and you ultimately choose not to get checked out, the accident report helps to ensure that if you access medical help later, it’s clear why and when you were hurt. Of course, serious accidents should be seen to first. You can file the report from the waiting room or after receiving treatment, too. Otherwise, the best course of action is to file the report with your supervisor and then to request to go to urgent care so that you can be checked out before you get back on the job.
Most of the time, workplace accidents that seem small are small. It never hurts to make sure, though. By and large, employers understand this. They also understand that if you are sidelined by an injury that goes untreated, you might be out for far longer than the rest of the current shift. In a lot of cases, employers have readiness plans for just such a situation so that they can minimize any potential injury and get you back in shape and up to speed.
If you are involved in a workplace accident, don’t hesitate to exercise your rights to immediate medical care. It’s there for a reason, and it is your right. For more information on work injury treatment in San Diego, visit this website.
With over 25 years in the emergency medical industry, Jack Stewart is seeking to share his knowledge of urgent care and preventative medicine with the world. See more of his thoughts at Blogspot blog.
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