Have you been injured while at work, or on work-related business? On the job workplace injuries should always be followed up with a workers’ compensation claim. It’s important to notify both your Salem urgent care orthopedic team and your employer as soon as an injury occurs. At Mend Clinic, we’ll help you complete the required Oregon Form-827 as part of the workers’ compensation claim process.
Many people think work-related injuries fall into a very narrow category. Falling off a ladder, the common slip and fall because of a spill nobody cleaned up, or other traumatic accidents are what we imagine when we hear “work-related injury.” These certainly fall into that category, but so can repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are all types of on the job injuries. If you were injured on a job site or while on the clock (such as running a work errand), it’s in your best interest to immediately book an online appointment with your Salem ER alternative clinic, secure a workers’ compensation attorney (many of whom only get paid if you do), and notify your employer in writing of the injury. A few of the most common work-related injuries include:
Most common in labor jobs, crushed fingers can be extremely painful and sometimes lead to permanent disability. Humans have 14 total bones in the fingers of each hand, and everybody depends heavily on their fingers and hands for work and activities of daily living. In some cases, a work-related injury including crushed fingers can immediately call for days (or even weeks and months) off work.
Lacerations can include both cuts and blunt force trauma. Lacerations don’t entail just an opening or cut in the skin. The trauma can be severe enough to damage nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscle, and even bone. If lacerations aren’t quickly treated, they can lead to an infection (in an open wound) and permanent damage to deeper layers of the body.
Another term for broken bones, fractures can be small and “hairline” or major, resulting in shattered bones. Any bone in the body can be fractured, and broken bones require immediate medical attention for pain relief and to avoid permanent damage or disability. Since bones are a living tissue capable of self-healing, it’s important that your Salem orthopedic clinic begins treatment right after the work-injury occurs.
Work injuries can be serious, and you don’t want to waste time and money in the ER. At Mend Clinic, our patient care coordination team will help you complete necessary workers’ compensation paperwork and you’ll be seen quickly by an orthopedic specialist. Learn more about types of orthopedic injuries we treat, read reviews, and see why patients choose Mend Clinic as their ER alternative in Salem, Oregon. Book your appointment online, walk-in, or call (971) 204-8410 and get on the fast track to a workers’ compensation claim.