What You Should Know
Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common, and many of these injuries occur at work. Everything from fractures and torn ligaments to crush injuries can occur. If you experienced a foot or ankle injury while on the job know that our Chicago podiatric physicians and surgeons can work with you and your workers' compensation to make sure that you get the care you need at no cost to you.
Workers' compensation covers necessary medical care costs, from diagnostic services to therapy and various treatment options. This includes everything from imaging tests such as MRIs, that are performed to diagnose tears, fractures and other serious injuries, to rehabilitation, physical therapy and any other therapeutic care that our podiatric team deems important for helping you make a full recovery.
Get Proper Long-Term Care
It is particularly important that work-related foot and ankle injuries are treated right away, as improper healing of damaged ligaments, tissue, muscles and bones can lead to long-term pain, instability, weakness and mobility issues. Our Chicagoland podiatric physicians and surgeons have been serving the area for more than 20 years and have worked with countless patients dealing with workplace-related foot and ankle injuries. We can work with you and your workers' compensation to make sure that you get the proper long-term care you need to get back on your feet again.
Some foot and ankle injuries may be so severe that you may not be able to return to work right away. Workers' compensation protects its injured and sick workers, but it’s important that you act fast and let your employer know about your injury. You should let your employer know that you’ve been injured, either in person or in writing, within 45 days of the injury. You also have three years after incurring the foot and ankle injury to file your workers' compensation claim.
In Illinois, any medical treatment including crutches, casts, rehabilitation and therapy are covered by workers' compensation if you have sustained a foot or ankle injury. You may also receive weekly disability if your injury is severe enough that you cannot return to work.