The Worker’s Compensation Process
Unfortunately, work related injures are more common than you think. They are also well known for being a complicated process. We are here to help you return to your pre-injury status as well as assist with the policies and procedures needed throughout your worker’s compensation journey. At Chambers Chiropractic and Acupuncture we have set some standards and guidelines to follow that we have learned through years of working with worker’s compensation claims. You, as a patient, are required to follow these as long as we are considered your treating physician.
Compliance is a big issue that is not only important to us but also to your worker’s compensation carrier. It is required that you stay consistent with your treatment plan and keep in close contact with your employer and treating physician throughout the entire claim process. If you are unable to attend an appointment, there must be a valid excuse. You must call the office to inform them of the cancellation and to reschedule the appointment.
Occasionally it will be necessary to restrict or limit your current job duties. These restrictions, ordered by the treating physician, are to be forwarded to your employer for review. If your employer cannot accommodate these restrictions, you may have to be placed on temporary leave until the physician feels you are healthy enough to return to gainful employment. If you have been placed on temporary leave, a form must be signed by you and turned into your employer. Our office will forward a copy of the form to the worker’s compensation carrier.
Most worker’s compensation carriers will reimburse your traveling expenses. A travel voucher can be obtained from your claim adjustor. Fill out the voucher and return it to our office for verification and a signature. We can even fax it to the adjustor for you.
Why Choose a Chiropractor as Your Treating Physician?
A Florida study examined over 10,000 patients who sustained back related injuries while on the job. Their findings revealed that individuals who received chiropractic care compared with standard medical care for a similar diagnosis experienced 51.3% shorter temporary total disability duration, 58.8% lower treatment cost ($558 vs. $1,100 per case) and 30% less chance of being hospitalized for treatment.
An Oregon study found that individuals with worker’s compensation claims returned to work significantly faster while under chiropractic care. In fact, 82% of those under chiropractic care were able to return to work after one week of treatment compared with only 41% of those who received standard medical care.
An Australian study of 1,996 worker’s compensation claims revealed that individuals who received chiropractic care for back injuries returned to work four times faster and at a quarter of the cost compared with standard medical care (6.26 days and $392 vs. 25.56 days and $1,569). Also, those patients who received chiropractic care were significantly less likely to progress to a chronic lower back pain status.
Why Choose Chambers Chiropractic and Acupuncture?
Dr. Chambers has over 30 years experience in treating work related injuries and filing claims properly. He is professional and courteous while working with your employer and claims adjustor to ensure all the proper protocols are being followed. Also, all of our treatment options are under one roof. X-rays, adjustments, settings and castings, as well as physical therapy, moist heat therapy and TENS are all in one convenient location.
If you have been injured on the job and need the help of a professional treating physician, please call (304) 263-4927 to make an appointment.
Sources: Mechanical Low-Back Pain: A Comparison of Medical and Chiropractic Management Within the Victorian Work Care Scheme. Ebrall, PS. Chiropractic Journal of Australia – 1992;22:47-53.
A Study of Time Loss Back Claims. Portland, OR. Workers’ Compensation Board, State of Oregon, March 1971
An Analysis of Florida Workers’ Compensation Medical Claims for Back Related Injuries. Wolk S. Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, Arlington, VA. – 1988