If you were injured while performing your job duties, the first and most important thing to do is to report the injury to your supervisor.
In New York, your employer is required to help you get treatment to restore any damage sustained while you're fulfilling your work duties, but you have to remember that in all legal processes, "if it isn't documented, then it didn't happen." In other words, if there's no evidence, you can't demonstrate that the damage happened while you were working.
This is why an accident report should be filled out immediately at the time of the accident. Most injuries become less visible as time goes by, so it's very important to document ALL damages with written reports and photographs as soon as possible.
The next most important thing to do is to be seen by a doctor immediately after the accident, and ideally to go to the emergency room. The doctor's notes are the best evidence of the complete extent of the injury when the time comes to have your treatment approved. Be sure that the doctor knows about all of your injuries, as physicians sometimes don't think about injuries to the teeth and jaws, since it's an area they don't usually treat. Remember, if it's not documented, it didn't happen!
Finally, if there are any injuries that are visible, take a picture! Most of us have high quality cameras in our pockets at all times. You'll likely have to wait to see the doctor anyway, so while you do, take pictures before the bruises fade and the cuts close up. The more you document now, the better.
Finally, see a worker's comp dentist as close to the accident as possible. Broken teeth will stay broken until fixed, but injuries to the gums and jaw joints (TMJs) may not be as obvious if you wait, and the more information that's available when we examine them, the better we can treat the problems you have.
We have been treating worker's comp patients in Forest Hills, Queens for decades, so we know all the right steps to take to get your treatment approved as quickly as possible, fix any broken teeth, and treat the chronic pain of your jaw joints and the muscles of your face, neck and shoulders. Worker's comp cases and TMJ injuries are not easy to manage, so don't entrust your treatment to someone who's not an expert in these areas. Common mistakes made by dentists can delay your treatment by months, or even get your treatment denied. That's why you need to have an expert on your side.
We'll provide whatever treatment you need to make you whole again after an accident. Whether you need dental implants, cosmetic crowns, or even replacement of damaged dentures, we're here to help. If you have injuries from a workplace incident, Call us today at (718) 268-1561, or request a consultation.