When you experience a foot or ankle injury in the course of your job duties, workers compensation is there to cover the cost of your recovery. At Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey, with offices in Milburn, Union, Westfield, and Livingston, New Jersey, dedicated podiatrist Jay Bhuta, DPM, and the team are experienced foot and ankle specialists who know how to treat and manage workers compensation-related injuries successfully. Book your appointment online or call the office nearest you today.
What is workers compensation?
Workers compensation is insurance that compensates people who are injured on the job or as a result of job-related duties. Benefits can include both payment of medical bills and cash compensation for missed work and other negative effects of the injury.
Employers in New Jersey who have any number of employees must maintain workers compensation insurance. This law protects you as an employee and ensures that you can get your medical needs met if you’re hurt due to your job.
What types of foot and ankle injuries does workers compensation cover?
Workers compensation typically covers foot and ankle injuries related to accidents, but not pre-existing structural issues like bunions or hammertoe. Some foot and ankle injuries that may be covered by workers compensation include:
- Crush injuries
- Muscle and tendon strains
- Plantar fasciitis
Usually, such injuries occur suddenly during accidents, but every situation is unique. If you’re wondering whether your foot or ankle injury qualifies for workers compensation, set up an evaluation at Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey to find out whether you qualify and, if so, how you can get coverage.
How are workers compensation injuries evaluated?
Dr. Bhuta starts with a comprehensive foot and ankle exam and reviews your complete medical history. He carefully documents your injury to establish a record that can help to prove your workers compensation case later.
Depending on your symptoms and suspected injury, Dr. Bhuta may conduct testing such as X-rays, a diagnostic ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan. These imaging tests can reveal problems inside your foot or ankle that wouldn’t otherwise be visible. Usually, Dr. Bhuta makes a definitive diagnosis after imaging tests. Then, he creates a recovery plan for your particular injury.
How does workers compensation treatment work?
There are usually several different aspects of workers compensation treatment plans, including:
- Pain relief: oral medication, injections, or other options
- Physical therapy: strength and flexibility building to restore foot and ankle function
- Injury healing: bracing, MultiWave Locked System (MLS®) laser therapy, surgery, or other healing techniques
With workers compensation treatment at Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey, the primary goals are healing your injury and helping you return to your job with no loss of function. Dr. Bhuta helps you throughout the entire process, guiding your treatment to ensure that you achieve a complete recovery and successful return to your job.
For help with foot and ankle injuries on the job, call Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey or click on the online scheduling tool to book a consultation.