Work Injury Specialist

Cermak Immediate Care

Immediate Care & Primary Care Practice located in Cicero, IL, Roseland, IL, Little Village, IL, and North Lawndale, IL

Sustaining an on-the-job injury is stressful, and finding relief is a priority. At Cermak Immediate Care, Dr. Ruchir Thakkar and his team help men and women in Cicero and Roseland in Chicago, Illinois, get back on their feet soon after being injured. If you experience an accident at work, come in for a thorough diagnostic workup and immediate care. Don’t delay seeking treatment, as your rights to compensation can be affected by the timing of treatment.

Work Injury Q & A

What are some common workplace injuries?

Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others, but a workplace injury can occur no matter what line of work you’re in. Some of the more common workplace injuries include:

  • Falls
  • Chemical burns or poisoning
  • Crushing or blunt force trauma
  • Electrocution and burns
  • Injuries caused by moving parts in equipment
  • Industrial asthma
  • Stress-related injuries

Each workplace presents a unique blend of risk factors. This is why it’s important to remain alert and aware while on the job and to take preventive measures when possible.

What should I do if I’m injured at work?

Your first step should always be notifying a supervisor of the incident. Next, assess your condition and determine if you need immediate or emergency care. If you experience uncontrollable bleeding, broken bones, severe chemical burns, or other severe injuries, call 911 right away.

Many injuries can be treated in an urgent care setting. If you’re uncertain about the proper treatment path, call Cermak Immediate Care for information on how to best address your specific injury.

How are work injuries treated?

Your treatment needs are unique and depend on your overall health and the type of injury sustained. At Cermak Immediate Care, a thorough exam and diagnostic workup are the first steps in determining treatment.

Wound repair is a common course of treatment for workplace-related injuries. This includes thoroughly cleaning your wound, controlling bleeding, checking for signs of nerve or deep tissue damage, and closing your skin.

Preventing infection is always a priority, and you’ll receive instructions on how to care for your wound at home.

If you’ve suffered a joint injury, you might require a medical brace to provide support and prevent further joint damage. It’s important to follow your provider’s instructions on how and when to wear your brace.

Self-care after treatment is also important and may include the following as recommended by your care provider.

  • Anti-inflammatory medication (Aspirin, NSAIDs)
  • Pain-management medication (Acetaminophen)
  • Ice therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Elevation of injury
  • Bed-rest or modified activity level

Will my work injury be covered by workers’ compensation?

The rules regarding workers’ compensation are complex, and your medical team won’t be able to answer specific inquiries regarding coverage. However, an important part of any workers’ compensation claim involves seeking medical care and documenting your injury.

Consider contacting your union representative or a workers’ compensation attorney to learn more about your rights related to a workplace injury. If you need a copy of your medical records to support your claim, Cermak Immediate Care can transfer those records to the appropriate party.

If you’ve been injured on the job, come in for an urgent care appointment as soon as possible. Many injuries can cause serious problems if left untreated, so don’t delay seeking professional care at Cermak Immediate Care.