If you’re hurt on the job, it’s important to report it to your employer right away and to seek treatment as soon as possible for your work-related injury. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to file a workers’ compensation claim.
For basic information, check out this video called “What happens if I’m hurt on the job?” from Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division.
As the video states, you can go to any health care provider for care. At Summit Orthopaedics, you can see our team of specialists who will provide you with an immediate diagnosis of the injury, corrective treatment, and medication, if needed. We’ll also discuss long-term options for recovery.
The following is a list of the most common work-related injuries:
- Cuts and wounds
- Lacerations (blunt force trauma affecting nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscle, and even bone)
- Sprains and strains
- Scrapes and bruises
- Pulls and tears
- Crushes (crushed fingers are the most common injury in labor jobs)
- Strains from overexertion
- Falls, slips, and trips
- Struck by an object
- Pain from repetitive motion (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome)
If you are injured on the job, you may not feel pain until hours or days later. Typical injury symptoms are sharp pain, swelling, bruising, and tenderness, particularly as a result of a fall, collision, or repetitive strain.
Even if an injury doesn’t hurt at first, it can cause chronic pain if left untreated. Whether you feel pain immediately or days later, Summit Orthopaedics can help you with your injury.
Fractures or broken bones require immediate medical attention for pain relief and to avoid permanent damage or disability. Lacerations, as well, require immediate treatment as open wounds can lead to infections and/or permanent damage to deeper layers of the body.
If you’re injured on the job, you have the right to seek treatment and you cannot be fired for reporting a work injury. In Oregon, you also have the right to choose the doctor you want. If you choose Summit Orthopaedics, you will see orthopedic specialists immediately – no referral necessary.
To learn more about your rights for workers’ compensation in the state of Oregon, click here.
Summit Orthopaedics understands the workers’ compensation process and is set up to report as needed for workers’ compensation claims. See Go To Ortho’s (a subsidiary of Summit Orthopaedics) blog post “Q&A with Top Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, Lauren Oda” to learn more about the law surrounding workers’ compensation in Oregon.