By Domingo Solomon, PA-C
Injuries on the job are an unfortunate occurrence. At Taylor Made Diagnostics, treating those injuries is our priority.
At TMD, we see in our office on a regular basis: smashed fingers, debris in the eye, back strains, lacerations, electrical shock, sprained ankles and broken bones. Our staff is trained to ask questions, document the facts, and make sure we have a clear understanding of what happened and what we can do to get the employees back to work.
Is it a worker’s compensation case?
The first step is to determine whether the injury is in fact a worker’s compensation case. At TMD, we have a designated team to ensure injured patients are a priority and other teams designated to our fast track and routine exam patients. Dependent on the employer’s policy, we will also conduct drug and/or alcohol screening.
We also ask a lot of questions. We want to hear what happened before the incident in the patient’s own words. Often, we ask the patient to reenact it. In each potential worker’s compensation case, we examine:
- The use of work equipment
- The use of safety gear
- Former injuries in the same area
- Similar injuries to other areas of the body
- Current medications
- Medical conditions
Overall, we are interested in getting the whole picture so our medical team can determine a solid treatment path. These steps help the employer’s insurance company determine if the injury is work-related, an exacerbation of a previous medical condition or an injury not work related.
What does worker’s comp treatment look like?
Patients will undergo physical exams and when medically necessary, specialized tests to further reveal the extent of injuries. Taylor Made Diagnostics is equipped to perform x-ray imaging, EKGs, suturing, splinting, slit lamp evaluations, pulmonary function testing and auditory testing. Furthermore, TMD works closely with area specialty groups, such as Southeast Physical Therapy (SPT) and Optometrist, Dr. George Pegram to ensure quality specialty care when required. Additionally, we work with SPT to provide work hardening regiments, that is an individualized program focused on work simulated activities to get injured workers back to work quicker.
Taylor Made Diagnostics is here to help
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Minor injuries requiring first aid only, do not need to be recorded.
The team at Taylor Made Diagnostics understands OSHA injury recordability. We strive to limit recordable injuries and prescription medication, as well as do what is right for the patient. The Taylor Made team knows and understands the need to provide a non-recordable treatment over a recordable treatment whenever medically capable without sacrificing the degree of medical care to the employee. You will always receive a call from our medical provider prior to employee leaving our office to discuss the care and deliver the prognosis. Each case is discussed with an approved company representative, and recommendations discussed so an employer may make accommodations for the returning employee. Our goal is to work with you to find and implement alternative ways to provide a level of modified work activity that keeps the employee being a productive member of your team. We make sure the injury, as well as the treatment plan, pose no danger to the patient, coworkers or the company.
Our staff is considered experts in the field occupational medicine because our focus is solely “Industrial Medicine” and we’ve stayed true to our specialty with a deliberate goal of “Providing Workforce Solutions to Protect the Health of Your Business.” If you would like to talk with someone further about worker’s compensation management, call Taylor Made Diagnostics at 757-494-1688.