United States Postal Service (USPS) Workers Injury Help in Texas
About 56,000 postal workers sustain injuries on the job each year in the United States, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These injuries, ranging from sprains and strains to more serious issues like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries, can prevent postal workers from performing their jobs and enjoying every other aspect of their lives.
We know the aftermath of on-the-job injuries can be difficult to deal with alone. From helping injured workers recover to guiding them through the Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) claims, we’re committed to helping United States Postal Service workers navigate life after their injuries.
If you’re a postal service worker who has been injured while on the job, we want to hear your story. We can get you the medical attention and care that you deserve and help heal you. Book a consultation today to learn more about our services or talk to a medical professional.
Common Injuries for Postal Workers
While there are a number of ways postal workers suffer on-the-job injuries, some types of injuries are more common in postal work than others. We’ve listed some of the most common injuries suffered by USPS workers below.
- Traffic accident injuries. Motor vehicle injuries are one of the most common types of injuries mail delivery postal workers sustain. Driving a mail truck can be dangerous work, especially when multiple stops on busy roads are factored in. Some workers who walk their routes may be at risk of pedestrian accidents involving different vehicles like cars, trucks, motorcycles, or bicycles. Injuries from traffic accidents can be very serious, ranging from back and neck injuries to head injuries and damage to internal organs.
- Slip and falls. For postal workers who both work in facilities and deliver mail, slip and fall injuries can be among the most common. Loose carpet, wet floors, stairs create accident risks in post offices, while postal workers delivering mail may fall on sidewalks, in inclement weather, or due to unsafe conditions on a person’s property. The injuries from slip and fall accidents range from head injuries and back injuries to broken bones.
- Repetitive motion injuries. Some injuries occur over time rather than because of one particular accident or incident. When postal workers complete the same task over and over again, such as sorting mail, lifting boxes, reaching for mail trays, and pushing mail carts, they are at risk chronic injuries. These injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, and bulging disks.
- Lifting accidents. Heavy lifting is a part of many postal workers’ routines, from lifting piles of letters to large packages, and can be the source of many injuries while on the job. Lifting and carrying can result in back and knee issues for postal workers, and can ultimately result in injuries from both single incidents or repetitive motion over time.
- Dog bites. While your dog may be happy to see you come home from work every day, it may not give the same kind of love and affection to your postal worker. The United States Postal Service reported that 5,581 postal workers were bitten by dogs in 2015 alone. Even when precautions are taken, sometimes mail carriers cannot escape injury when dealing with aggressive and dangerous dogs every day. Infection can be common with dog bites, whether from small scratches or more extreme attacks. Injuries sustained from dog bites often need extended recovery time and include lacerations, blood loss, organ damage, and internal injuries.
- Acts of violence. Given the unstable nature of the general public, postal workers will unfortunately deal with acts of violence on occasion. Through no fault of their own, postal workers may be the victims of physical assaults or violent attacks, leading to internal injuries, broken bones, stab wounds, or gunshot wounds.
- Paper dust pollution. Postal workers often deal with dust issues, especially when sorting and processing letters and packages. The dust from mail can lead to respiratory and lung issues, such as occupational asthma, which should be treated immediately.
While the above injuries may be common to postal workers, they do not constitute a comprehensive list of workplace incidents that may lead to injuries. Postal workers who sustain injuries while on the job have the right to recovery and compensation during treatment.
Services for Injured Postal Workers
With a board-certified physician who practices in pain medicine on staff, we are a full service clinic that offers a wide range of treatments and medical services that cover a wide variety of injuries and medical concerns of workers. These include:
- Diagnostic testing. The most important step in medical care is providing a proper diagnosis. Our clinic can help you determine what is wrong and the best road to treatment. After an accident or injury, our diagnostic testing can also provide a second opinion.
- Acute care. If you’ve suffered from a one-time accident that’s left you with an injury, our clinic can provide the immediate, short-term care you need to heal. Back injuries, head injuries, broken bones, and sprains can all be treated with acute care to get you back to good health.
- Chronic pain program. Suffering from chronic pain can be debilitating to doing your job and living your life. Pain Stop MD can help you pinpoint the cause of your pain and find the right solution for you. We approach your chronic pain with determination and compassion, offsetting the damage done by repetitive motion injuries and isolated incidents.
- Prescriptions. While you treat your injuries, our medical doctor can prescribe you the medications necessary to manage your pain. To best serve you, we take the time to properly prescribe the right medication and the right dosage for the right amount of time.
- Physiotherapy. After injury, it is important to regain and rebuild your health to an optimal level. For many of our patients, we do this through physiotherapy, such as movement, exercise, manual therapy, and education to strengthen the body.
- Surgery. In some cases, your injury may require surgery for treatment. Our medical doctor has the knowledge, skill and experience to provide you with the proper surgical treatment.
Our clinic offers patients a consultation to help them determine what exactly is wrong and the most effective treatments to manage and heal your pain. Book a consultation today.
Postal Worker Injuries and Workers’ Compensation
As a federal employee, it is important to know how federal workers’ compensation claims differ from other types of worker’s compensation claims, such as private and Texas state workers’ compensation claims. We work with many federal employees at our clinic, and we understand what they need to recover from their injuries, as well as receive the amount of workers’ compensation they deserve.
Our clinic can:
- Diagnose and treat your injury properly to restore your health and heal your pain.
- Process your claim by acquiring and filling out the proper forms.
- Give you the medical paperwork and reports you need for workers’ compensation.
- Provide you with answers to basic questions about your federal employee injury and workers’ compensation.
Talk to A Doctor
We know how stressful, overwhelming and frustrating getting the proper medical care after a USPS work injury can be. On-the-job injuries can affect your health, career, finances and family, and can be depressing, costly, and painful. We can help you recover by treating your health issues and getting you the support you need.
If you’ve suffered from an injury while working as a postal worker, Pain Stop MD can help. Contact us today to ask a question, learn more about our services, or to speak with one of our medical professionals. Our clinic has the answer to your injury woes; let us help you.