The financial and emotional impact of workplace injuries on employees, and the resulting financial impact for employers isn’t usually something considered by most doctors. This can result in needless time off given to employees, especially for minor injuries, and increased premiums for employers. Physician education bridges the gap and ensures employees receive the best possible care for their injuries.
Physician education can completely change how a medical facility looks at work comp claims. One example involves the HR department of a large hospital system. They were having a hard time getting employees back to work because some of their own physicians were automatically giving 2 weeks off for any injury. The department had a brief training on the subject and it was discovered that the time off issue wasn’t something the doctors really thought about. The entire attitude regarding workplace injuries has changed.
Local providers changing their attitudes, can positively impact employers throughout the area.
Who Does What?
Employee Role & Responsibilities:
- Immediately report the accident
- Give your supervisor updates
- Go to all scheduled medical appointments
- After each doctor visit, bring the report of workability to the supervisor
- If any issues arise, report them to the supervisor
- At work and home, stay within restrictions
Accidents should be reported immediately for a few reasons. The injured employee needs to receive immediate medical attention and the incident should be reviewed to change any unsafe activities.
Communication between the injured employee and the supervisor is very important. Supervisors should do everything they can to make sure the employee doesn’t push themselves too far and the employee should make sure to attend every medical appointment. Employees should let their supervisors know if their job becomes too strenuous.
Supervisor Role & Responsibilities:
- Conduct a thorough investigation
- Help the injured employee Return to Work
- Communicate with the injured worker
- Follow up with HR
- Make sure the injured employee doesn’t work beyond their limitations
- Document everything that occurs
- Follow medical instructions
HR Department Role & Responsibilities
- Immediately report the claim
- Provide payroll information and job information to the claims adjuster
- Assist with Return to Work
- Document everything and keep the files
- Stay up to date with the injured employee, the supervisor and claims adjuster