According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 27 million working days are lost in the UK each year as a result of injuries caused by accidents at work, including injuries such as muscle damage.
If you’ve been injured at work, it is essential to seek medical advice. Leaving injuries could result in serious complications.
If you suffer muscle damage who should you see?
If you have a serious work accident, it is likely that you will require urgent medical attention and your injuries will be assessed in Accident and Emergency.
Once you are stable and severe injuries have been checked out, your doctors will decide upon an appropriate course of action. In some cases, you may need to stay in hospital and you will be transferred to a ward which caters for your injuries.
If you have a minor accident and you don’t have serious injuries, you may be advised to see your GP. Your GP may be able to treat you there and then; alternatively, they may refer you for specialist treatment.
If you have suffered muscle damage, for example, you may need to see an orthopaedic specialist or a rheumatologist. You will usually have tests to determine the cause of muscle damage. The results of these tests will help doctors to find suitable treatments to address the cause and reduce the severity of symptoms associated with your muscle damage injury.
Once you’ve been discharged from hospital or you’ve started your recovery at home, you may also be advised to have physiotherapy to build up strength in your muscles and reduce the risk of further injury.
What causes work accidents?
Sometimes, work accidents are inevitable, but often, they can be prevented. The most common types of work accidents and work-related injuries include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Falls from height
- Accidents caused by machinery
- Accidents involving moving vehicles
- Injuries caused by poor posture, such as back pain
- Injuries caused by exposure to harmful chemicals and substances
- Accidents involving falling objects
- Occupational hearing loss and loss of vision
- Vibration white finger
- Eye injuries
- Repetitive strain injury
- Electrical injuries
If you’ve been injured at work and you were not to blame, the expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim the work injury compensation payout you deserve.
If your accident happened in the last three years, call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice