If you suffer a workplace injury, nothing is more important than getting the care you need to heal and regain optimal health so you can return to work. At Connect Integrative Medicine, Dr. Mohammad Shegeft and Dr. Sidney Cruz specialize in workers’ compensation and occupational medicine, caring for each person with expert medical and comprehensive treatments. They also have extensive experience managing workers’ compensation claims. If you need expert medical care for a work-related injury, call the office in Edmonds, Washington, or request an appointment online today.

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What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance provided by your employer. The insurance covers your medical expenses when you suffer an injury or medical condition while performing your job duties. In addition to covering medical costs, workers’ compensation may pay part of your wages if you need time off from work.

What injuries qualify for workers’ compensation?

Washington state workers’ compensation covers all injuries, as long as they occurred while performing your usual work duties. Many workers’ compensation cases involve obvious accidents and injuries. Some of the most common include:

  • Soft tissue injuries (muscle strains, tendon tears)
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Being struck by an object
  • Accidents involving tools
  • Car and truck accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Crush injuries
  • Lifting injuries

However, workers’ compensation also covers other health problems. You can get workers’ compensation for overuse injuries caused by repetitive movements like carpal tunnel syndrome.

You’re also covered for illnesses that develop due to your work environment. For example, you can get workers’ compensation for lung diseases that arise after years of inhaling dust or fumes on the job.

How does occupational medicine relate to workers’ compensation?

Occupational medicine specializes in all work-related health issues, including workers’ compensation. The Connect Integrative Medicine team provides a range of work-related services, including:

  • Physical exams
  • Workers’ compensation diagnosis and treatment
  • Accident prevention recommendations
  • Impairment ratings
  • Musculoskeletal evaluations
  • Work restriction evaluations
  • Return-to-work evaluations
  • Fitness-for-duty evaluations
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Occupational health monitoring
  • Work conditioning and hardening
  • Pain management program
  • Rating Exam

Occupational health monitoring involves ongoing medical assessments that allow your provider to find early signs of physical changes caused by workplace exposure to physical, chemical, or environmental stressors.

What can I expect during workers’ compensation care?

You receive comprehensive care at Connect Integrative Medicine, from accurately diagnosing your injuries to providing medical care, physical medicine, and alternative treatments covered by workers’ compensation.

Your provider develops customized treatments that ease your pain and promote healing. However, another essential aspect of workers’ compensation is claim management.

Workers’ compensation claims require the timely submission of reports and treatment plans, coordinating with your claims manager or attorney, and advocating on your behalf to protect your ongoing health and wellness.

If you need treatment for a work-related injury, call Connect Integrative Medicine or book an appointment online today.