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Occupational Medicine – Your guide in the complicated world of workers compensation

Occupational medicine physicians play a crucial role in assisting employers with workers’ compensation by focusing on the health and well-being of employees within the context of their work environment.

Here are 20 ways these physicians contribute to workers’ compensation efforts:

  1. Injury Assessment: Quickly evaluate and diagnose work-related injuries. We understand injured teammates are worried about providing for their families and returning to work.
  2. Treatment Planning: Develops effective treatment plans to facilitate employees’ fast recovery and return to duty.
  3. Return-to-Work Programs: Design and implement programs to facilitate employees’ safe and prompt return to work after an injury.
  4. Functional Capacity Evaluations: Assess the physical capabilities and limitations of employees to determine their ability to perform specific job tasks.
  5. Medical Case Management: Work hand-in-hand with human resources departments on the medical aspects of workers’ compensation cases.
  6. Worksite Visits: Conduct on-site assessments to identify potential hazards and recommend preventive measures.
  7. Pre-Employment Medical Exams: Screen potential hires to ensure they can safely perform job duties.
  8. Health and Safety Training: Provide education on safety practices and procedures to reduce workplace injuries.
  9. Ergonomic Assessments: Identify and address ergonomic issues to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
  10. Job Hazard Analysis: Analyze job roles to identify and change potential risks and hazards.
  11. Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs): Conduct unbiased medical evaluations to assess the validity of workers’ compensation claims.
  12. Fitness for Duty Exams: Evaluate employees’ physical and mental fitness to perform specific job tasks.
  13. Substance Abuse Assessments: Address issues related to drug and alcohol use that may impact workplace safety, including helping start a Zero Tolerance Policy.
  14. Workplace Wellness Programs: Implement initiatives to promote overall employee health and prevent injuries.
  15. Medical Record Reviews: Analyze medical records to ensure accurate documentation of work-related injuries.
  16. Communication with Employers: Keep employers informed about the health status and progress of injured employees.
  17. Claims Management Assistance: Provide medical input and guidance in the management of workers’ compensation claims.
  18. Health Surveillance Programs: Monitor and manage employee health in industries with specific health risks.
  19. Advocacy for Prevention Programs: Advocate for and participate in the development of workplace safety initiatives.
  20. Continuous Monitoring: Keep track of the progress of injured employees throughout their recovery process.

These activities collectively contribute to creating a safer work environment, reducing the likelihood of injuries, and promoting the well-being of employees within the framework of workers’ compensation programs.

If you have concerns about your teammates and workers compensation, rest assured that occupational medicine focuses on workplace safety in all workplaces. From physical exams to ideas that help establish a culture of safety, Jet Medical Center’s staff of physicians can help provide services to your team at our office or your work site. Call, click, or message us today to put our expertise to work for you and your business.

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Who is Jet Medical Center®?

Jet Medical Center® is a leading provider of occupational medicine services in the Tallahassee area. We develop, with our client partners, a customized healthcare plan to fit your company’s needs today and into the future.

Our experienced staff of clinicians provides excellent medical care and understands the Worker’s Compensation system and its impact on your company’s financial health. Your employees will have less downtime with less complications reducing overall medical costs.

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