Dallas Workers’ Compensation Doctor Treating Emergency Worker Injuries
Every day in Texas, thousands of emergency workers put their lives and their health on the line in order to help others. They are here for us when we are in danger, from when there is a fire or accident to when there is any emergency anywhere.
Because emergency workers are often on the front lines of an emergency – and because they have to get there very quickly – it is no surprise that they are often in danger of becoming injured themselves. All too often, when they are extracting others from harm, they too are harmed. In addition, they have physically stressful jobs, making them susceptible to overuse & repetitive motion injuries.
At Work Injury MD, our full-range medical clinic helps Texas workers get all of the care they need, including all emergency workers, such as:
- Police officers and law enforcement officers
- Paramedics and EMS workers
- Ambulance workers
Through our medical services, our skilled Dallas workers’ compensation doctors have come to deeply understand what it is like to be injured on the job as well as the challenges and stresses of recovering from those injuries. Our board-certified doctor, as well as the rest of our staff, are dedicated to helping injured emergency workers, from getting you the right diagnosis to getting you the treatment plan that works best for your recovery and your life.
To schedule a consultation with our Dallas doctor, to ask a question, or to learn more about what we do, fill out our quick electronic contact form.
How We Help Texas Emergency Workers Injured On The Job
Why do patients choose to visit our clinic? We believe it is because of our commitment to helping injured workers. Our Dallas workers’ compensation doctors:
- Understand what workers go through after an accident or injury.
- Are familiar with common emergency worker health concerns.
- Can help you answer basic questions regarding Texas workers’ compensation.
- Know what paperwork and medical information you need to file your workers’ compensation claim.
- Understand how important it is for emergency workers to be healthy and pain-free.
- Know that preventing a re-injury at work is just as important as healing your injury.
- Listen to your story and take all of your symptoms and concerns seriously.
- Are determined to get you healthy and back to work.
Common Hazards For An Emergency Worker In Texas
Emergency workers suffer injuries in a very large number of ways, from improper lifting to vehicle accidents to gunshot wounds. But, while they face a myriad of potential hazards throughout their work day, some causes of injury are much more common than others. Below are five common hazards that emergency responders face each day when they put on their uniforms and go to work.
- Traffic accidents and transportation accidents. When an emergency happens, most people flee the scene. But emergency responders rush towards the danger. From firemen and policemen to EMS workers and ambulance drivers, these heroes often find themselves speeding in a vehicle toward danger, with sirens blaring and lights flashing. It is no surprise that one of the most common injury causes for these workers is sustained in traffic accidents.
- Lifting patients and emergency equipment. Being an emergency worker truly involves heavy lifting, from physically picking up and carrying people to safety to hauling emergency equipment from one place to another. Workers can be injured if they lift something in an improper way, if they lift something that is too heavy, or if they engage in too much lifting over time. Most commonly, this can result in neck and back injuries.
- Handling hazardous substances and bodily fluids. Emergency workers don’t just deal with dangers that lead to musculoskeletal injuries – they are also exposed to substances that can cause burns, illnesses, and diseases. For example, EMS and those working with ambulances may be exposed to bodily fluids that contain viruses or bacteria. EMS and paramedics may also be exposed to other hazardous substances, while policemen and firemen may be exposed to dangerous liquids and fumes.
- Assaults and physical violence. Emergency responders, especially police officers, may often come into contact with violent perpetrators and other dangerous entities during their shifts. In many cases, they are the only ones with the abilities and qualifications to detain these people. Sometimes, when trying to help others and to keep the community safe, they are the victims of physical violence.
- Dangerous places and situations. Protecting the community necessarily means putting yourself in the line of fire – and all emergency workers are exposed to danger as simply part of their job. Being exposed to natural disasters, accidents, and violence is just another day at the office for emergency responders and, sometimes, these dangerous situations lead to serious injuries.
While emergency workers are easily some of the bravest people who live in our Texas communities, it is imperative that they are not “brave” when it comes to speaking out about their health issues and seeking medical attention. After an injury, it is vital for workers to take their turn to ask for help so that they can not only recover their own health but also return to the job to once again help others.
Common Emergency Worker Injuries
Emergency workers are more prone to some injuries than they are to others. Specifically, emergency responders at our clinic often visit us because of the following health issues:
- Head injuries. These are often the result of falls, car accidents, falling objects, physical assaults, and other forms of blunt force trauma.
- Neck and back injuries. Such conditions can be acute or long-term, often due to lifting mistakes, overuse, improper sitting, or everyday strain. They can also result from one-time on-the-job accidents.
- Hand and wrist injuries. Emergency workers often utilize their hands. Some workers may become injured due to repetitive movement and overuse, suffering from tendonitis or carpal tunnel. Others may injure their hands in an accident while responding to an emergency.
- Shoulder injuries. They are often the consequence of regularly hauling heavy equipment, regularly lifting both objects and people, and generally being physical while on the job.
- Leg and knee injuries. Our emergency worker patients with leg and knee issues have either suffered an injury due to an accident (such as a fall, car accident, or assault) or they are suffering from a chronic health problem, such as chronic knee pain.
- Foot and ankle injuries. They are especially common for police officers and other emergency responders who spend their days on patrol and on their feet. Common health issues range from plantar fasciitis (policeman’s heel) to fractured ankles and foot sprains.
- Internal injuries. These serious health issues may come from trauma faced on the job, such as accidents and assaults, or from traffic accidents while heading to or from the scene of an emergency. They can include a ruptured spleen, an injured liver, broken ribs, and internal bleeding.
Caring For Your Own Health
Emergency responders suffer from a high rate of both fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries. What can these workers do themselves to prevent accidents?
- Learn proper lifting techniques. From firefighters to EMS, all workers are often required to carry heavy loads. Knowing the proper way to lift is essential to preventing neck and back problems.
- Drive with care. Even with sirens blaring, rushing to emergencies or to the hospital in high-speed vehicles is extremely dangerous. Being trained to drive in these emergencies is important, as is being extremely alert during these trips.
- Get help for chronic injuries early. Don’t ignore the early signs of a chronic injury, such as tendonitis, bulging discs, or carpal tunnel. The longer you wait to treat these health conditions, the more serious and permanent they become.
- Evaluate your mental health. Emergency workers are in danger of suffering from a number of job-related mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Be aware of these issues so that you can seek help early from qualified Dallas workers’ compensation doctors.
Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Doctor in Dallas Today
Sometimes, our heroes need help, too. Our Dallas workers’ compensation doctors are committed to helping our bravest and best get the care they need so that they can be healthy enough to enjoy life and to save lives.
Our medical clinic provides a wide range of services to injured emergency workers in Texas, including:
- Medical evaluations
- Diagnostic testing
- Acute care
- Medications and prescriptions
- Pain management
- Physical therapy
We encourage workers to visit us for a consultation with our physician, whether you have suffered an acute injury in an on-the-job accident or whether you are suffering from a chronic injury or chronic pain caused by the requirements of your job.
To speak to a qualified workers’ compensation doctor in Dallas and to make an appointment, fill out our quick electronic contact form.