Being injured on the job can lead to lots of frustration. Most employers are mandated by law to carry workers' compensation to protect their workers. They may deal with an insurance provider or they can choose to self-insure. In either case, there are steps you need to follow to make sure you can receive the care you need to recover. At Chiropractic First - Family Wellness Center in South Burlington VT, we treat personal injury including those that happen on the job.
The most common workers' compensation injuries are strains and sprains. These injuries are hard to diagnose and require treatment to keep them from getting worse. A sprain or strain is not visible on an x-ray and may require specialized care, especially when located in the back or neck.
Workers Compensation Laws in Vermont
If you are injured at work or while performing work duties away from work, you must notify your employer immediately. Your injury may have occurred due to sudden trauma or due to the accumulation of smaller injuries over time. As soon as you are aware that something is not right, tell your employer. Your employer is required to file a claim with their insurance carrier and provide you with a copy. If they have not done this, you should contact the Vermont Department of Labor and request a Form 5 – Employee’s Notice of Injury and Claim for Compensation.
You should get medical care as soon as possible. If you are unable to work, you will need a note from your doctor documenting that. You may be directed to a company doctor for the first visit. Following that visit, you can choose a doctor. You need to file a Form 8 to change your doctor. You can get the form from the insurance company or if you need to from the Department of Labor.
Your company's workers' compensation insurance company has 21 days to decide if your injuring is work-related. They will send you a Form 7 Medical Authorization to allow them to access your medical records relating to your injury. You should keep them informed about any medical appointments you have. You have the option to choose chiropractic care if your injury warrants it.
Chiropractor in South Burlington VT
If you are looking for a chiropractor for a worker’s comp injury, Chiropractic First - Family Wellness Center can offer you the relief that you are looking for. Back injuries are common work injuries and getting relief is vital. We will work with you and your insurance company to make sure you get the care you need and they get the information they need to pay your claim. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (802) 657-3000.