The physicians at Wisconsin Bone & Joint are experts in work comp injuries and the orthopedic procedures available to reduce the rehabilitation duration and costs associated with time lost from work due to on-the-job injuries. Our surgeons recognize the key to cost management is getting the diagnosis right the first time and providing advanced surgical options which effectively lead to recovery.
Our WC expertise includes careful evaluation of injury causation, diagnostic testing, including on-site digital radiography, MRI and physical therapy/work conditioning and therefore providing the latest in cost-effective treatment options.
Commitment to Both Patients & the Work-related Injury Community
The team of physicians and physician extenders at Wisconsin Bone & Joint work to help alleviate the expense of an on-site injury, including providing companies with accurate, timely diagnoses and treatment plans that enable employees to get back to work as quickly as possible. We value the concept that patients in their early recovery phase from injury are almost always capable of working with restrictions that match their progress in the return from injury. Our treatment plans offer progressive advancement of the patient’s work restrictions until they are able to return to work without any restrictions, which often correlates with the point the patient has achieved maximum medical improvement (MMI).
Adjusters and nurse case managers representing these clients can count on the physician team at WBJ to share knowledge promptly with detailed timely reports in a spirit of cooperation to provide top quality care for our patients while also managing the potentially staggering expenses of work-related injuries.
Nurse case managers are provided with workspace and Internet Wi-Fi access so that they can prepare their workday in a comfortable environment while attending their patient’s doctor visit.
Workers’ Compensation Services:
- Digital X-Ray and MRI on-site
- Physical therapy & rehabilitation programs on-site
- Work Conditioning on-site
- Return-to-work programs
Extensive Knowledge of Workers’ Compensation Laws
The orthopedic surgeons and team at WBJ have extensive, up-to-date knowledge of workers’ compensation laws, a major factor in the battle to manage healthcare costs to benefit employer and patients. Our onsite Workers’ Comp professionals are dedicated to assist in the management and facilitation of any injured worker case.
Fairness is the prerequisite of any decision determining whether the examinee has reached maximum medical improvement, what abilities remain, and if any permanent impairment exists.
All parties involved deserve respect and equal attention.
Workers compensation pays medical and rehabilitation expenses you incur while treating and healing from an on-the-job injury. To obtain your benefits or to get a second opinion, you may need an independent medical examination, which can be performed by the physicians at Wisconsin Bone and Joint. If you have any questions about workers’ compensation, please call one of the offices in Mayfair, Glendale or Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
Workers Compensation Q & A
What is workers compensation?
Workers compensation is a type of insurance that pays for your medical care when you become injured or ill due to your job. Your employer pays for your workers compensation; then the insurance provider pays your expenses when your claim is approved.
What injuries are covered by workers compensation?
Job-related injuries that are covered by workers compensation include:
- Repetitive use injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sprains, fractures, cuts, and other injuries
- Stroke or heart attack when caused by work
- Pre-existing conditions made worse by work
What other expenses are covered by workers compensation?
Workers compensation covers diverse medical expenses, including:
- Medical care: doctor’s visits, hospitalization, surgery, medications
- Rehabilitation: physical therapy, medical appliances
- Home care: devices such as a wheelchair, changes to your home such as a ramp
- Vocational rehabilitation: training for a new job when you can’t return to your pre-injury job
- Disability benefits: temporary or permanent, total or partial disability benefits
What is an independent medical examination?
Your employer or workers compensation provider may ask you to have an independent medical examination (IME).
The IME is usually done to verify the type and severity of your injury and to get an estimated time when you’ll be able to return to work. The insurance provider also uses the IME results to determine your compensation.
The doctors at Wisconsin Bone and Joint are qualified to provide IME exams. They provide an expert review, evaluating your medical history, performing a thorough physical examination, and ordering diagnostic tests as needed.
What is included in an IME report?
When your exam is over, your Wisconsin Bone & Joint doctor completes the required report, addressing specific questions or issues raised by your employer.
Your IME report may need to discuss whether a work-related accident directly caused your injury or whether the treatment recommended by your doctor is necessary. An IME report may also indicate whether you’re ready to go back to work.
Can you get a second opinion?
The physicians at Wisconsin Bone and Joint can provide a second medical opinion when needed. After the IME, you can also choose to receive your care from Wisconsin Bone and Joint.
For a workers compensation consultation, IME, or a second opinion, call to book an appointment.