What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that must be provided by employers to cover benefits for employees who suffer from job-related injuries and/or illnesses. Every state has their own workers’ compensation laws that dictate the circumstances under which the worker will be eligible for benefits, the amount of benefits they can receive and the duration those benefits will be paid.
When it comes to workers’ compensation injuries, the most important thing to do after getting hurt is to seek medical attention. From there, you will likely be taken to the closest hospital for immediate care. Then, depending on your injury, you may be sent home after receiving emergency care and then referred to a specialist for follow-up.
However, in New Hampshire, the specialist that you’re referred to is not your only option.
New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Injury Care
In New Hampshire, you have the right to choose your own provider if you’re injured at work — even if your insurance company has to pay more.
Your employer’s insurance company may attempt to steer you away from choosing your own provider, but ultimately it is your choice. You also have the right to:
- Have your medical costs from your work injury paid for by your employer.
- Return to your position or receive training to help you obtain another position at the company.
- Obtain a portion of your paid salary if you are unable to work.
The orthopaedic specialists at Access Sports Medicine know the importance of prompt treatment after an injury better than anyone. Whether you’re an athlete who has been injured on the field or a worker who was hurt on the job, your end goal is the same: a quick, healthy recovery so you can get back to where you need to be.
Common Workplace Injuries
From construction workers to receptionists, anyone can experience a workers’ compensation injury. As surgeons who operate on top-ranked athletes on a daily basis, our award-winning team has seen and treated every type of orthopaedic injury.
Some of the most common workplace injuries that require orthopaedic treatment include but are not limited to:
- Getting hit by an object
- Repetitive motion
- Machinery accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
Getting Medical Treatment for Your Workers’ Compensation Injuries
As we’ve mentioned, you have the right to choose your own provider under New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation law.
Access Sports Medicine has the medical resources and expertise to help you get on the road to recovery and back to work. Some of our resources include:
- Walk-in Injury Clinics
- For injuries that can’t wait, we have two walk-in clinics in Portsmouth and Exeter, NH.
- Diagnostics & Digital Imaging
- Our locations utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools such as open MRIs, traditional MRIs, ultrasounds, X-rays and more.
- Occupational Therapy
- Our OT department can provide tailored therapy for fractures, nerve injuries, cumulative traumas, musculoskeletal injuries and more.
- Physical Therapy
- After surgery, you may need physical therapy to regain your strength. Our locations are staffed with physical therapists to help you recover quickly.
- Outpatient Surgery Centers
- If surgery is necessary for your recovery, we have two outpatient clinics where our orthopaedic surgeons will perform your procedure.
- Award-Winning Orthopaedic Team
- Our orthopaedic surgeons are consistently ranked as top providers in the nation.
Our team is well-versed in New Hampshire workers’ compensation cases and can help you receive the treatment you need while also providing the necessary information to ensure you receive your benefits.