Ever heard the phrase “things aren’t always as they appear”? Never has that been more accurate than with minor motor vehicle accidents. What you believe to be a non-issue can quickly escalate, resulting in costly medical fees and unnecessary recordable outcomes.
Read on as we explain why an employee may initially deny injury, but later develop symptoms.
We will also share the proactive approach to protecting both the employee and your safety record.
The Body’s Response in Motor Vehicle Accidents
An accident can be a traumatic experience, which causes the body to react and respond in ways we may not typically expect.
Perhaps you have heard stories of people having extraordinary strength to lift heavy objects which could not be done in a normal circumstance.
This is due to the hormones responsible for the “fight or flight” reaction, released by the adrenal glands.
An employee may not initially recognize pain or feel they have been injured. But the absence of initial pain doesn’t mean it will not develop later.
Post Motor Vehicle Symptoms to Keep on Your Radar
Several of the most common delayed symptoms, following a motor vehicle accident, include:
- Back Pain
- Neck or Shoulder Pain / Stiffness
While such symptoms can be easily treated with conservative care, the injured worker tends to experience anxiety when symptoms develop. When they do not understand the symptoms and know what to expect, they begin to panic and will many times seek independent emergency intervention.
Unfortunately, the employer is then faced with costly medical expenses from extensive diagnostic testing, unwarranted prescription medications or even a restricted work status.
Everybody Wins with Proactive Management
The single most effective step you can take as an employer to prevent unnecessary outcomes is seeking the assistance of a licensed medical professional immediately following an accident.
While the employee may not require formal medical treatment, allowing them the opportunity to be medically assessed can mean the difference between a first aid outcome and lost time.
Such assessments can be performed telephonically by a Nurse Case Manager who will not only assess their condition, but also review past medical history to identify any health problems which could impact recovery.
The employee is provided with preventative first aid measures and can continue to be closely monitored for delayed symptom development.
Ready for Piece of Mind?
If you are tired of “hoping” your employees are okay following a motor vehicle accident, Axiom Medical’s Incident Case Management Program is designed for employers just like you!
Our telephonic OSHA trained Nurse Case Managers are available 24/7 to treat your employees, many times with first aid measures that require no clinic visit.
From pre-hire to post-separation, Axiom sees employee occupational health as a journey you shouldn’t have to travel alone!
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