Each year in the United States, millions of workers endure occupational injuries. Workers’ Compensation is a system of protections and cares put in place by state governments to assist those employees injured at work including those that contract an occupational disease while working. Workplace injuries range in severity, and some can be fatal.
The most common, non-life-threatening workplace injuries include:
- Falls from heights to lower levels
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Slips, trips and falls
- Overexertion and lifting/lowering injuries
- Falling objects or debris
- Work-related vehicular accidents
What is workers’ compensation?
In Delaware, employers who have one or more employees are required by law to carry workers’ compensation. Only farm workers are exempt from the workers’ compensation statute, although their employers may choose to provide coverage.
According to the State of Delaware Department of Labor, workers’ compensation benefits “include medical care, temporary disability payments and compensation for a resulting permanent impairment.” Typically, if an injured worker dies as a result of their injuries, their benefits are paid to the family of the employee.
What if I get injured at work?
In Delaware, if you experience an injury at work, you should notify your employer immediately in writing of the injury or occupational disease and request that you receive medical services. Be sure to review your employee handbook for any additional steps you may need to take regarding a workplace injury.
If your work injury is severe or complicated, you may want to consult with a workplace compensation or personal injury attorney for guidance.
The State of Delaware’s Workers’ Compensation FAQ page provides additional advice on how to notify your employer and what you’ll need to document your injury and subsequent treatment.
Workplace injuries: What are my rights?
If you become injured at work, it is crucial to know that as the employee, you have the sole right to choose your treating physician(s).
In workers’ compensation cases, all necessary medical treatments and hospitalization stays or services are provided by either the employer’s insurance carrier or the employer.
Work-related injuries and chiropractic treatment
On average, one in three workplace injuries involves musculoskeletal injuries, which affect ligaments, muscles, tendons and even bones. These injuries can occur due to trauma or wear and tear from daily routines. Many people who experience these types of workplace injuries are potentially suitable candidates for chiropractic care.
Benefits of chiropractic care for workers’ compensation injuries
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive form of treatment that helps promote healing.
Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to perform a variety of different techniques including manual manipulation of the spine (i.e., adjustments) as well as massage and electrical stimulation of tissue. Chiropractic care helps reduce tissue inflammation caused by injury, and it also helps reduce pain caused by many workplace injuries.
Chiropractic care is an attractive alternative to the use of narcotic painkillers, which can lead to dependency and abuse. Doctors of chiropractic can suggest therapeutic exercises that may speed the healing process in some cases and also prevent future workplace injuries such as overexertion, by teaching proper lifting techniques.