Workers Compensation Plastic Surgeon – Does Workers Compensation cover plastic surgery?
It may sounds strange to hear the words “workers compensation” and “plastic surgery” in the same sentence together. After all, when we think of “plastic surgery” we conjure up images of botox, face lifts, and breast enlargement / reductions. And how or why would workers compensation insurance ever be willing to pay for these procedures? However, there are actually many other types of work related injuries which do indeed require plastic surgery. But what are they?
What types of work related injuries require plastic surgery?
In short, any accident which happens at work and affects the skin, hands, or face may be the type of injury which requires a workers compensation plastic surgeon. Here are some specific examples:
Let us take for example an employee working in a fast food restaurant. If he or she is cooking french fries in hot fat – and somehow the hot fat comes into contact with his/her skin for a sufficient period of time – it may result in serious burns. Depending on the severity of the burn, it may become a permanent scar. The severity of this scar can be reduced thanks to treatment by a plastic surgery. Burns can also be electrical or chemical burns. Likewise, if these occur in a workplace setting, then they usually fall under the category of a workplace accident and are subsequently covered by the employee’s workers compensation insurance.
Cuts / lacerations
In this example, let us imagine an employee working in an industrial factory utilizing an assembly line with machinery. Even though safety standards have improved considerably over the years – and the work of risk managers has to be commended for this – workplace accidents may still occur. The employee could hypothetically slip and place a part of his body too close to a machine leading to a cut or laceration (or perhaps even more severe injuries). Again, having occurred at work, this would likely be considered a work related injury and would subsequently be covered under workers compensation insurance. In order to reduce the severity of the scar, a plastic surgeon may be required.
Why choose a plastic surgeon who is experienced with workers compensation cases?
Anyone who has worked in the workers compensation healthcare industry will know that work comp cases are not exactly the same as regular cases. First and foremost, the insurance is different (work comp insurance is used instead of medicare or the patient’s private plan). In Florida, the adjuster and/or nurse case manager can in general control… to read the full article visit Dr. Zaydon website here.
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