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Ways You Can Accidentally Make Your Injuries Worse

If you have been injured, you may want to get back on your feet as soon as you can. It can be frustrating to have to cut down on your physical activities or even spend several days or weeks in bed as you heal. However, not doing this can result in making your injuries worse, even if you don’t intend to do that. Here are a few ways you can accidentally make your injuries worse.

Not Following Your Doctor’s Orders

When you get injured, your doctor is going to give you a list of things you should and should not do. They may also give you medication to take or physical therapy exercises to do regularly. By following these instructions, you will help your body regain its strength and flexibility while avoiding things that will cause further injury. If you ignore any or all of these instructions, you’re likely going to injure yourself further or, at best, make the healing process take longer.

Not Resting

Rest is important to healing. Your body needs you to take it easy when you’ve been hurt. If you have injured your ankle, you need to stay off your feet for a while so the ankle isn’t put under stress. It’s important that you don’t try to do too much right away. If you do, your body may not get the time it needs to repair the damage.

This may include taking a break from your hobbies and from work in the short term. However, resting and rebuilding your body can be a long-term task. You may need to put your normal exercise routine on hold even after you can go back to work and have no trouble doing day-to-day tasks. Instead, you might need to do physical therapy or other special exercises that focus on the injured part of your body. Trying to accelerate your therapy plan or exercise more often may hurt more than it helps.

Not Changing the Habits that Led to Injury

In many cases, your injury was an accident that you couldn’t have anticipated. However, there are some injuries caused by doing something unsafely. If you don’t change these unsafe work habits, you can injure yourself further. For example, not wearing the proper safety gear or failing to take breaks can lead to getting hurt again. Be sure you take all necessary steps to make certain you don’t get hurt again.

Have you been injured and need a trusted doctor? The team at Maximum Orthopedics can help you with physical therapy, workers comp, and more. Contact us today to make an appointment.

  • Posted on: Aug 30 2021
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Does Taking FMLA for a Chronic Injury Prevent Filing Workers Comp?

Workers’ comp laws come into play if you are injured on the job, but that may not be the only benefit that comes into play. FMLA, which is short for the Family Medical Leave Act, provides qualifying employees to take up to 12 weeks off of work for illness, injury, and other specific health issues. FMLA protects your job while giving you the time you may need to recover. The injury that qualifies you for FMLA does not have to have occurred at work. However, it could.

What Does FMLA Cover?

FMLA is a very broad act that covers many different types of injuries. It even includes events such as the birth of a child or the adoption of a young child who needs care. You can also file for FMLA if your spouse, parent, or child has a serious health condition that requires you to take care of them for a short period of time. FMLA can give you time off to attend to an injury or an illness that makes it difficult or impossible to perform your normal job duties.

When FMLA and Workers’ Comp Cross Over

If you have been injured at work and require time off to rest and heal because you cannot do your job without rest, you likely qualify for both workers’ comp and FMLA under the last point mentioned above. You can take FMLA and workers’ comp benefits at the same time. You can also take FMLA time off instead of filing a workers’ comp claim or file a claim without using any FMLA leave.

The Differences Between the Two

The biggest difference between FMLA and workers’ comp is that FMLA is unpaid time off. Your employer can opt to pay you, but they are not required to. However, FMLA does protect your job. Your employer cannot fire you or eliminate your job. They have to continue to employ you in your position or an equivalent one.

Workers’ comp, though, does provide paid leave. However, you can only take workers’ comp leave if you were injured while at work. You will typically receive two-thirds of your normal salary, plus your medical bills will be covered. However, while employers cannot fire you for taking workers’ comp, they can eliminate your position, include you in company-wide layoffs, or even give you a lower position when you return to work.

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  • Posted on: Aug 15 2021
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