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What to Expect from a Visit to the Emergency Room

If you have been injured on the job and you need immediate medical attention; or if your employer is not available to direct you where to go for that treatment, you should head to the emergency room and let your employer know the status of the situation as soon as possible.

In some work injury cases, you may need to be taken to the emergency room by an ambulance depending on the extent of your injuries. In these cases, it can be helpful to have someone who can provide information to the ER staff if you are unable to do so. You should keep emergency contact information on file at work so your family can be contacted. The emergency room attendants and medical personnel will ensure you get the appropriate medical treatment if you are unable to participate.

In work-related injury situations where you seek medical treatment at the ER on your own, it is wise to bring your insurance information and let the emergency room admissions representative know you are seeking medical treatment due to being hurt on the job. Your paperwork will need to note this information. Typically you will be asked if your injury occurred on the job. You will need to do your best to describe the incident and the injury as best as you can so your information will be documented.

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need to wait for examination time if others in the ER have more serious injuries. Once you have been called in for a medical evaluation, you will need to describe the incident and be able to relate your previous medical history. It can be helpful to carry a list of your current medications and dosages in your wallet at all times so you are able to give the doctor as complete a medical history as possible.

You will receive emergency treatment while at the hospital but you will also be referred to your primary physician or a specialist for follow up care and additional treatment. Be sure to take all paperwork you receive at the hospital and make copies for your doctor and your employer.

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