Workers Comp Awareness Month: When Orthopedic Injuries Result from Your Job

Work-related accidents commonly cause orthopedic injuries, especially those who do repetitive movements that cause them to get hurt. Because these injuries make it difficult to get back to work, they can be detrimental to your finances and overall quality of life. Luckily, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to help you make ends meet while you recover from an injury. To prove that the injury you’ve sustained took place at work, your orthopedic surgeon will need to provide information to substantiate your claim.

What Causes On-the-Job Orthopedic Injuries?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that orthopedic disorders cost employers as much as $18 billion each year in direct costs. Sprains, strains, or tears account for 37% of total workplace injuries in America.

Common orthopedic-related work injuries include:

  • Overexertion injuries: These injuries occur when a person pushes their body past its physical limits. These can result from lifting, pulling, holding, carrying, throwing, or pushing.
  • Repetitive motion injuries: Doing repeated movements frequently over the course of the workday can lead to what is called a repetitive motion injury. For instance, keyboard typing or assembly line work can strain the muscles and tendons in the hands and wrists.
  • Reaction injuries: Caused by slipping, tripping, bending, or reaching, these injuries can occur from a hazardous work area, poor body positioning, or being unaware of your immediate surroundings.

Injured on the Job? Contact Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida.

Do you need a doctor’s sign-off on your workers’ comp claim? Our orthopedic specialists are here to help. To get you back to your job and earning a living, our orthopedic doctors develop personalized treatment plans for our patients through our comprehensive services such as physical and occupational therapy. Our efficient process not only provides quality patient care, but also is useful for coordinating with patients’ employers to follow the insurance requirements of a workers’ comp claim.

To learn more about our workers’ comp process at Orthopedic Specialists at Southwest Florida, please contact us online or call (239) 215-2008 to speak to a member of our team.