Why You Shouldn’t Go to the Emergency Room for Occupational Injuries

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ERs aren’t right for treating occupational injuries.

After an on-the-job injury has occurred, it’s natural to choose the emergency room for instant care, treatment, and to implement a successful return-to-work program. Although this sounds like a quick and easy fix, it may end up being more of a hassle than you realize. It could even cost you more time and money in the long run.

After an injured employee has been evaluated and treated by an ER department, it’s common for the physician to recommend rest and no work activity for a certain number of days of weeks. While an ER physician is trained to stabilize an injury, there is very little focus on any short-term work restrictions or long-term recovery. So, when the initial injury occurs, opt to visit an occupational medicine provider instead of the emergency room!

An experienced occupational medicine provider offers a single source for all your employees’ needs. By visiting this professional first, he or she will be able to accurately track your employee’s progress throughout the coming days and weeks. As a result, he or she can create a tailored return-to-work program that is more realistic and achievable for the employee and the employer.

While the emergency room is known as the place for immediate and emergency care, it is not known for being economically-friendly. The ER is the most expensive level of care. Majority of cases seen in the ER can be treated more affordably at an urgent care and/or at an occupational medicine center.


Need to get treatment quickly? Visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care or call our center in Irvine at (949) 417-0272 and in Stanton at (714) 604-2850.