If you’re hurt on the job, it’s important to report all workplace injuries to your employer right away and to seek treatment as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to file a workers’ compensation claim.
If your injury or illness developed gradually, report it as you learn or believe your job caused it. Report the injury or illness promptly to avoid problems and delays in receiving benefits, including medical care. If you don’t report your work injuries within 30 days, you could lose your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
CalSpine MD Can Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Claims
At CalSpine MD, we treat industrial musculoskeletal injuries of the spine, neck, and back. The spinal column is one of the most vital parts of the human body, supporting our trunk and making all of our movements possible. When the spine is injured and its function is impaired, the consequences can be painful and even disabling.
In this time of high expectations and complex regulations, you need an expert partner you can trust to help manage all your workers’ compensation industrial health needs. Time after time, CalSpine MD is chosen by case managers/adjusters and injured employees to be their preferred Workers’ Compensation provider. We understand that work injuries can take a toll on both the injured worker and their employer and that a prompt and safe return to work benefits everyone.
Benefits CalSpine MD Offers for Workers’ Compensation Claims
- We understand the workers’ compensation process and are set up to report as needed for workers’ compensation claims.
- We get patients in quickly, make the correct diagnosis, and initiate treatment quickly using evidence-based and best-practice guidelines.
- We submit requests based on MTUS guidelines, the standard that industrial carriers use to render approvals or denials for treatment recommendations. Authorization requests are efficiently submitted within 1-2 days of the office encounter or consultation.
- We appreciate the importance of returning employees to modified or full-duty as soon as possible. Return to work is targeted immediately, and all efforts are made to avoid missed time.
- We maintain excellent communication with adjusters and employers. Turnaround time on reports is 24-48 hours.
- We are conveniently located in San Ramon and accessible to residents of Contra Costa County, as well as the surrounding communities of Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and the rest of the East Bay area.
- We have flexible office hours. Our normal office hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday; however, for urgent needs, we make every attempt to see the patient the same day so that emergency room visits can be minimized.
Risk of Complications if Workplace Injuries Are Left Untreated
Delay in treatment of spine related conditions may result in severe, chronic pain, and permanent loss of function of the affected body part. If untreated, cervical spine conditions may result in permanent injury to the spinal cord, and lumbar conditions left untreated may affect strength and sensation without chance of recovery, even if surgery is done at a later date.
Treatment for Workplace Injuries in San Ramon, California, and Fremont, California
Workers’ Compensation FAQs
If it’s an emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Tell the medical staff that your injury or illness is work-related. If you can safely do so, contact your employer for further instructions.
If you don’t need emergency treatment, make sure you get first aid and see a doctor if necessary.
Once you file a claim, your employer is required to provide you with medical care. Be sure to include all injured body parts, as this initial reporting document will be used to determine eligibility for treatment until the case is closed.
According to the Department of Industrial Relations in the State of California, doctors in California's workers' compensation system are required to provide evidence-based medical treatment. That means they must choose treatments scientifically proven to cure or relieve workplace injuries and illnesses. Those treatments are laid out in a set of guidelines that provide details on which treatments are effective for certain injuries, as well as how often the treatment should be given (frequency), the extent of the treatment (intensity), and for how long (duration), among other things.
To comply with the evidence-based medical treatment requirement, the state of California has adopted a medical treatment utilization schedule (MTUS). The MTUS includes specific body region guidelines adopted from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's (ACOEM) Practice Guidelines, plus guidelines for acupuncture, chronic pain, and therapy after surgery. The DWC has a committee that continuously evaluates new medical evidence about treatments and incorporates that evidence into its guidelines.
To learn more about your rights for workers’ compensation in the state of California, click here.