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Dr. David Burt is an independent orthopaedic surgeon who does not work for the employer or for the insurance company. Instead, he provides advanced, unbiased care to workers compensation patients in Naperville and Joliet. When you are injured, Dr. Burt works for you and is dedicated to restoring your health and function, in order to ensure your safe return to work.
Dr. Burt’s practice is strongly focused on Shoulder and Knee injuries which are very common in the working population.
When you perform heavy manual labor you are in essence an “industrial athlete.” You face the same physical demands on a daily basis as the seasoned professional athlete. Therefore, when you are injured on the job, you deserve timely and appropriate care to get you back to work in a safe and effective manner.
Dr. Burt takes a one-on-one approach to your injury and applies the latest sports medicine and minimally invasive techniques to speed your recovery.
Direct communication with you is paramount, and he strives to keep you moving forward with this approach.
Common Worker’s Compensation Injuries:
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation refers to a type of employer insurance that pays out benefits to workers who either suffer an injury or become disabled as a direct result of their job. Benefits include cash compensation, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs to employees. It also allows for the payment of death benefits to the families of employees who are killed while on the job. Most states require businesses to purchase workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. Those that fail to do so may face serious and costly consequences, including paying claims out of pocket as well as fines.
When should I seek treatment for a workplace injury?
When it comes to workplace injuries, time is of the essence. You should seek treatment right away following any injury, even if it seems minor. You should also pay attention to any symptoms that may have come about from your duties in the workplace or those that are a result of exposure to toxic substances on the job. Seeking treatment immediately serves two purposes:
Recovery: Early treatment increases the chance that you will recover from your injuries sooner or with fewer complications.
Clear cause and effect: When you seek treatment soon after your accident in the workplace, it establishes a clear cause and effect relationship that the injury for which you are seeking treatment was indeed directly caused by your duties in the workplace. Increasing the timeframe between the accident and treatment could leave room for your employer or its insurance representatives to argue that your condition is not related to the job.
Where should I get treatment for a workers’ compensation injury?
Depending on your state, you may be given the right to select the doctor that will treat you. You may feel more comfortable selecting an independent provider that does not work for your employer or its insurance company. If you are in need of immediate medical attention, you should visit the closest emergency room right away.
How important is my choice of doctor?
Although providers that are associated with your employer or its insurance company have a responsibility to remain objective, there may be a financial or case referral relationship between the two parties. You may feel more secure in a decision to seek out treatment from a doctor you know and trust, such as Dr. Burt. He is an independent surgeon that is not associated with your employer and has your best interests in mind.
What should I discuss with Dr. Burt during my appointment?
Be accurate: Make sure to describe what you are feeling honestly. There is no benefit to downplaying or exaggerating your symptoms. Dr. Burt is here to help you.
Be inclusive: Tell Dr. Burt about all of your symptoms, even if some of them seem minor or tend to come and go. Dr. Burt will determine what information is material to your injury. A symptom that seems insignificant to you now could develop into a serious issue later.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Dr. Burt understands that sustaining a work injury doesn’t just have an effect on your health, but also on your bottom line. He is committed to providing the latest, most advanced treatments to help you get back on your feet and back to work. He and his friendly, professional staff have worked with many workers’ comp patients, and can provide the care and support you need to make the entire process as easy as possible. If you have been injured on the job, schedule an appointment with Dr. Burt today by calling 815-267-8825.
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