Medical Clinic for USPS Worker’s Comp Claims
According to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 56,000 on-the-job postal worker injuries are reported each year in the United States. These injuries range from mild health issues like sprains and strains to serious, long-term health concerns, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries. Not only can these injuries prevent postal workers from doing their job, but they can also harm every aspect of workers’ lives, from their finances to their personal relationships.
At Work Injury MD, our clinic is committed to helping United States Postal Service (USPS) workers navigate life after their work accident, from helping them recover from their injuries to helping them with their questions and with their Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) claims.
We want to hear your story. We want to help heal you. We want to make certain that you get the right medical care you deserve. To learn more about our services, or to talk to a medical professional, please call us today or fill out our short contact form.
We serve workers who have been injured on the job in Dallas and throughout the surrounding area, including Ennis, Denton, and Waco.
Common Causes of Postal Worker Injuries
Postal workers can suffer an on-the-job injury in any number of ways, but some types of injuries are more associated with postal work than others. Below, we have listed seven of the most common injuries suffered by United States Postal Service employees.
- Traffic accident injuries. One of the most common types of injuries for postal workers who deliver mail are motor vehicle injuries. Driving a mail truck can be hazardous, especially when making multiple stops on busy roads. Likewise, workers who walk their routes can be involved in pedestrian accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even bicycles. As you might imagine, injuries sustained in traffic accidents can be extremely serious, ranging from back and neck injuries to head or internal injuries.
- Slip and falls. Slip and fall injuries are also one of the most common causes of injury for postal workers – among both those who work in facilities and those who deliver mail. Someone working inside a post office may trip on loose carpet, fall on a wet floor, or fall down the stairs. Those working on mail routes can fall on the sidewalk, in inclement weather, or because of unsafe conditions on a person’s property. Just as with traffic accidents, slip and fall accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, including head injuries, back injuries, and broken bones.
- Repetitive motion injuries. Not all injuries are caused in one fell swoop. In fact, many injuries are the result of completing the same task again and again, such as sorting mail, lifting boxes, reaching for mail trays, and pushing mail carts. Those who walk mail routes may suffer repetitive stress injuries from carrying or pushing their mail bag, or simply from walking long distances each day. Some common examples of repetitive motion injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, and bulging disks.
- Lifting accidents. Getting billions of pieces of mail, including everything from flyers to large boxes, to people across the United States takes a great deal of heavy lifting. It is no surprise that many postal worker injuries come from back and knee issues stemming from lifting and carrying. Lifting accidents come in two forms: One-time incidents in which a worker is injured from lifting a single object, and repetitive stress injuries in which a worker is injured over time by making the same damaging motion.
- Dog bites. In 2015 alone, the United States Postal Service reported that 5,581 postal workers were bitten by dogs in 62 cities across the country. It’s a stereotype for a reason: Mail carriers have to deal with aggressive and dangerous dogs every day, and sometimes they cannot escape injury even when they take all precautions. Dog bites can range from small scratches to serious maulings, and infection can be common. Dog bite injuries can include lacerations, blood loss, organ damage, and internal injuries – and they often necessitate extended recovery times and reconstructive surgery.
- Acts of violence. Because postal workers must often interact with the general public, and because of a sad history with workplace violence, USPS workers may become the victims of violence. Rarely, workers either employed in mail facilities or along delivery routes may face physical assaults or violent attacks by others at no fault of their own. These acts of violence can result in internal injuries and broken bones due to assaults, stab wounds, or gunshot wounds.
- Paper dust pollution. Letters and packages can let off large amounts of dust, especially when they are being sorted and processed. In some cases, this can lead to job-related lung and respiratory issues, such as occupational asthma. These issues need to be identified and treated as soon as possible.
The above causes of injuries are not nearly a comprehensive list of the on-the-job accidents and incidents that can lead to injury. A postal worker who is injured while at work for any reason has the right to recover as fully as possible, and to receive compensation for his or her injuries during treatment and recovery.
Our Services For Injured USPS Workers
We are a full-service clinic with a board-certified physician on staff with experience in pain medicine. We offer a wide range of treatments and medical services that pertain to the most common injuries and medical concerns of workers, including:
- Diagnostic testing. The very first step in medical care is understanding the condition that needs to be treated. We can help you determine what, exactly, is wrong as well as the best options for getting healthy again. Diagnostic testing is also a vital aspect of getting a second opinion after an accident and injury.
- Acute care. We are here to help you recover from one-time accidents that leave you with an injury that needs immediate, active, and short-term care. Acute care may help with back injuries, head injuries, broken bones, sprains, and more – and we are dedicated to getting you back on your feet and back to work.
- Chronic pain program. Chronic pain can affect every minute of your day and every facet of your life. We are here to get to the bottom of your pain, and find a working solution for your life. Whether caused by a repetitive motion injury or an isolated incident, we will approach your chronic pain with compassion, concern, and determination.
- Prescriptions. With a medical doctor on staff, we can prescribe you the medications that you need to manage your pain and treat your ailments. And our care does not end there. We will make certain that you have the right medications, in the right doses, for the right amount of time.
- Physiotherapy. For many of our patients, physiotherapy is an important aspect of their recovery and recuperation. This therapy uses movement, exercise, manual therapy, and education to strengthen the body, manage pain and increase general wellbeing.
- Surgery. Our medical doctor has the skill and experience to help you recover from your on-the-job injuries through surgery, if need be.
We offer our patients a consultation in which you can learn more about how we can help you, from finding out exactly what is wrong, to determining the most effective treatments and managing your pain. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our doctor.
Injured Postal Workers & Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you have been injured on the job while working as a federal employee, it is important to understand that federal workers’ compensation claims are different from other types of workers’ compensation claims, such as Texas state and private workers’ compensation claims. At our medical clinic, we work with a large number of federal employees and understand what they need in order to recover from their injury, and to receive a just amount from workers’ compensation so that they can get their lives and careers back on track.
At Work Injury MD, we will help you:
- Get the proper diagnoses and treatments you need to be healthy and pain-free again.
- Help you acquire and fill out the proper forms you need to process your claim.
- Provide you with the proper medical paperwork and reports you need for workers’ compensation.
- Answer basic questions about your federal employee injury and workers’ compensation.
Talk To A Doctor Today
Getting the proper medical care after a USPS work injury can be stressful, overwhelming, frustrating, depressing, costly, and painful. Many of our patients come to us not only worried about their health, but also about their careers, their finances, and their families. We want to help you recover: To feel better and be better. We know this means both treating your health issues and getting you the support that you need.
If you have been injured on the job as a postal worker, we can help. Call us today or fill out our quick contact form to ask a question, learn more about our medical services, or to speak with a medical professional. We are the clinic that has everything – find out how we can help you.