Generally speaking, if an employee is injured while on the job or is hurt while traveling for work, that employee is entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits can be paid in one of two ways by an employer: directly to the employee or through an insurance company.
Workplace injuries—such as forklift accidents, injuries involving equipment that employees use daily, or slips and falls from a ladder or a roof—often cause debilitating and constant back and neck-related pain. Chiropractors can help with these types of injuries; they are specifically licensed and trained to treat them.
Visiting a chiropractor is an excellent way to deal with injuries and other workers’ compensation issues. If an employee has suffered from an injury while on the job and went down the traditional road to receive medical treatment—as in, visited an urgent care center or general practice doctor—and found that it isn’t working out, it might be time to give a chiropractor a try. Chiropractors are medical professionals who are well versed in dealing with the underlying issues that could’ve been looked over by a general practice doctor. Locating the exact source of the injury could make all the difference between solving the issue or having to live with it for a long time to come.
In addition to being experts at uncovering the underlying reasons for pain, chiropractors often take care of the healing process, too. And they don’t administer or recommend addictive pain pills or risky surgeries. Scheduling that initial consultation with a chiropractor is highly recommended if an employee has been injured while on the job.
Full workers’ compensation benefits are owed to any employee who is injured while on the job, and those benefits include all necessary and reasonable medical care.
This can include:
The employee can continue to receive medical care under workers’ compensation benefits until the care is no longer needed, as long as it’s related to the initial workplace injury.
Under workers’ compensation law, the employer has the right to choose the doctor during the first 10 days of medical treatment; this means an employee can’t choose a doctor of their own until the first 10 days have elapsed. After 10 days, employees can choose a doctor after giving notice to their employer; however, they must supply them with the provider’s name and the intended treatment.
Generally speaking, the chiropractor or healthcare provider will directly bill the insurance company. If the employee pays the physician, he or she is entitled to a reimbursement from the insurance company or employer. See all the forms you’ll need for workers compensation here.
Advanced Health Chiropractic has an excellent reputation, both with treating patients who have been injured while on the job and with dealing with insurance companies and claims. We also understand the ins and outs of workers’ compensation and how it relates to employee benefits. Give us a call, or fill out our form to the right to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced workers’ compensation chiropractor!