Workers’ Compensation

We recognize the crucial role that insurance case managers and adjusters play in the overall management of our patients’ health. Our staff is dedicated to maintaining frequent and accurate communication. We provide quick note reports during your visit or within 24 hours.  We have staff dedicated specifically to working with you.

How Do I Know if My Injury Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation?

If you’ve been hurt on the job or have become ill due to circumstances related to your job, you may seek medical treatment through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Except in emergency situations, it is necessary to first speak with your immediate supervisor, human resources department, or other designated person at your company before seeking medical care. Your employer may begin a claim for you, after which you should receive information regarding how to proceed.

What Do I Do if I’ve Been Injured at Work?

If you experience an injury or accident at work, speak to someone in authority right away. This need not be in writing, although it doesn’t hurt to send an email or other written correspondence. This can serve as documentation of your notification should that become necessary, specifically if you intend to seek medical attention for your injury or illness.

Can I Choose My Own Doctor for My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law, you may seek emergency care if absolutely necessary. Otherwise, in non-urgent cases, it is necessary to select a doctor from the list provided to you by your employer’s workers’ compensation representative.

What Treatments Are Covered Under My Work Comp Claim?

You may qualify for multiple forms of benefits under your workers’ compensation claim, including coverage for medical expenses and also compensation for time off work or partial or permanent disability. The medical care that you receive and the documentation provided by your healthcare team will be integral to your workers’ compensation settlement.

The New Jersey Department of Labor is clear about workers’ compensation guidelines. Under these, any employee who is hurt at work shall receive all reasonable clinical care for their injuries. All services considered medically necessary shall be covered under the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. Some of the treatments that fall under this coverage include:

  • Emergency room care
  • Urgent care visit
  • X-rays or other imaging
  • Hospitalization
  • Office visits
  • Bloodwork
  • Physical therapy
  • Transportation or mileage to and from medical visits

Does My Back Pain Qualify for Worker’s Compensation?

You might wonder, if you weren’t in a notable accident at work, if your back or neck pain may be a workers’ comp issue. According to OSHA, spinal injuries may occur from a singular traumatic incident or as a result of repetitive motions performed over time. Often, back and neck pain develops gradually due to performing the same movements over and over for weeks, months, or years. Such movements can cause accelerated degradation of the spinal discs, vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments.

Some of the ways in which the spine may be injured at work include

  • Poor posture
  • Reaching while lifting
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Bending or twisting while lifting
  • Poor body mechanics while carrying, pulling, pushing, or lifting objects
  • Maintaining a bent posture for prolonged periods
  • Poor workspace ergonomics
  • Vibration from work equipment (as with truck drivers)

Why Would I Choose Coastal Spine for My Work Comp Care?

Coastal Spine has multiple office locations across New Jersey, including one just half an hour from Philadelphia. Our integrated practice offers comprehensive care for back, neck, and joint pain. Our experienced clinical team of surgeons, pain management specialists, physicians’ assistants, and athletic trainers help make us a Spine Center of Excellence. Here, our goal is to help you return to optimal health and the most active lifestyle as efficiently as possible.

Please contact our office to schedule an appointment at (856) 222-4444.

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