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Restoring Dignity & Control After An Injury 

Don’t avoid medical care post-injury at work if money is tight

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

When employees suffer injuries on the job, the immediate aftermath of sustaining harm can be a whirlwind of stress and uncertainty, particularly concerning medical care. They may worry over potential medical bills, which can be such a daunting prospect that some workers avoid seeking necessary treatment. 

It’s important to understand that, for those with access to workers’ compensation, forgoing medical care due to financial fears is not only unnecessary but could also be detrimental to their recovery and long-term health.

How does workers’ comp address medical expenses?

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance specifically designed to provide medical benefits and wage replacement to employees injured in the course of their work-related activities. This means that if an injury occurs while an individual is on the job, that employee is entitled to receive necessary medical care without the burden of the costs directly falling on their shoulders. 

The system is designed to ensure that workers do not have to face financial hardship or second-guess the best course of action when they’re deciding whether to seek medical treatment for work-related injuries.

Avoiding medical care out of concern for bills can lead to a range of negative outcomes. Initially, what may appear as minor injuries could escalate into more serious conditions if left untreated. Moreover, the process of workers’ compensation claims necessitates proper medical documentation. Without this, securing deserved compensation can become significantly more challenging.

Furthermore, accessing medical care promptly after an injury ensures a comprehensive evaluation and the development of an appropriate treatment plan. This can help in accurately assessing the impact of an injury on an employee’s ability to return to work. Workers’ compensation also covers rehabilitation services. If workers don’t get medical care, they’ll lose out on these benefits too. 

If you have recently been injured at work and you’re worried about the cost of your care, know that if you’re eligible for workers’ comp, your care will almost certainly be covered in full. With that said, if you have questions, you can seek legal guidance at any time, which could help to put your fears of seeking treatment to rest. 

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