About Work Related Injury
Should work related injury require hospital or medical attention, the person in charge of injury management has the right to, and should accompany (or meet) the employee at the doctors office, hospital or medical facility. Some companies will insist that the Injury Manager be with the injured employee as soon as physically possible after the injury occurs and then stay with the injured employee through the first hours of treatment, whether it is at a doctor’s office, the hospital or the physical rehabilitation center. Often times, the injury is such (a non-emergency) that it can be treated in a doctor’s office instead of a hospital thus saving considerable dollars for the company or the insurance carrier. A good Injury Manager can assist in this initial determination. Once at the doctor’s office (or hospital outpatient facility) should the medical professional decide that additional treatment is necessary, the injured employee and the Injury Manager can be transported to the recommended facility. The Injury Manager should then communicate with the doctor in charge so as to ascertain what additional immediate treatment is needed (if necessary) as well as what aftercare may be required.