Whether you slip and fall on a wet floor, develop a repetitive strain injury like carpal tunnel syndrome, or you work in construction and suffer a more serious injury, workers’ compensation is available to cover your costs while you can’t work. Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, can help you heal and provide significant pain relief with acupuncture, a traditional Chinese therapy that’s covered by workers’ compensation. To learn more about how acupuncture can help you get back to work, call the office in Torrance, California, or schedule an appointment online.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that pays your medical bills and lost wages when you sustain a workplace injury or a work-related illness or disease. In some cases, the program also provides job retraining and compensation if you suffer a permanent impairment.
In California, the state law requires all employers to pay for workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of the number of employees. If you’re injured and your employer doesn’t carry insurance, the California Uninsured Employers’ Benefit Trust Fund pays.
You should notify your employer as soon as you’re injured or as soon as you know that your symptoms were caused by a workplace problem. At the very latest, report your injury or diagnosis within 30 days, or you could lose the right to collect workers’ compensation.
After you receive a medical examination, you’ll need to complete a workers’ compensation form and give it to your employer. For the final step, you should file an Application for Adjudication of Claim within one year of your injury.
While some occupations carry a higher risk of injury, anyone can sustain an accident or injury at any type of job. Virtually all types of work-related injuries and illnesses are eligible for worker’s compensation. However, some of the most common problems include:
Lumbar, neck, and shoulder injuries are often sustained on the job, and they’re all effectively treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture reduces pain and inflammation and increases the flow of blood and Qi. It can also do a great job of relieving the stress and anxiety you may feel over being unable to work.
Yes, acupuncture is included in workers’ compensation benefits in the state of California. Under the law, acupuncture or acupuncture with electrical stimulation may be considered for pain and loss of function in your:
Worker’s compensation has guidelines that determine the number, frequency, and duration of your acupuncture treatments. However, your therapy may be extended as long as you continue to show functional improvement.
If you suffer pain following a workplace injury, call Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, or schedule an appointment online.