Work-Related Injuries

You Can Trust OHOW to Help with Your Work Injury

If you have been hurt while on the job, you are likely experiencing worry and fear – in addition to pain from the injury itself. At the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin (OHOW), our goal is to make you feel the best you can in every way. You’ll receive unusually compassionate care from our staff.

What Is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers compensation (workers comp for short) is specialty insurance designed to protect you from losing income in the event you incur a work-related injury. To collect your benefits after you’ve been injured, you must file a claim and provide a physician’s report. The compensation claim often covers medical expenses related to the injury as well as lost income replacement. Contact your employer for more information.

How OHOW Helps

Throughout your recovery, we keep your employer, insurer, and case manager up to date on your treatment plan and progress – with a focus on getting you back to work as quickly as possible.

Our workers’ compensation services include:

  • Evaluation and treatment of work-related injuries
  • Correspondence with referring physicians
  • Comprehensive work status reports
  • Development of work restrictions and light duty assignments
  • Customized rehabilitation plan: physical and/or occupational therapy

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Common Work Injuries

Back injuries account for more than a third of workers comp claims, but shoulder and knee injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist repetitive motion injury) are also major contributors.

Causes of on-the-job-injuries:

  • Overexertion
  • Falling from heights
  • Repetitive motion
  • Automobile accidents
  • Collision/entanglement with machinery and other objects
  • Falling objects
  • Slipping or tripping

Tips for avoiding on-the-job injuries:

  • Know your company’s policies and procedures
  • Dress appropriately (avoid loose clothing)
  • Wear eye and ear protection
  • Practice safe driving and make sure your vehicle is safe
  • Follow directions and rules closely when operating machinery and motor vehicles
  • Use proper lifting techniques
  • Include stretching and strength training in your exercise regime
  • Know your body’s limits
  • Immediately report any injury to your supervisor or human resources department
  • Use correct form and technique when typing or working with machinery
  • Practice proper spinal posture
  • Do hand and wrist exercises to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Use non-slip floor coverings

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