In the world of the past-paced working environment, there are accidents waiting to happen at any moment. An employee might fall off a ladder or an employee may get bitten by a spider. The complexity of these situations occurs when doctors and medical staff have to determine whether it classifies as a worker’s compensation injury or a first aid. To fully differentiate between the two, we must know the definition of “first aid.” The labor code 5401 (a) defines first aid as a one-time treatments and any follow-up treatment dealing with “minor scratches, cuts, burns, splinters, or other minor industrial injuries, which ordinarily would not require medical attention.” These incidents are classified as a first aid even though they were provided by a doctor or registered healthcare personnel.
Here, at Valley Occupational Medical Center, we handle these complex situations on a daily basis. If you have a business and would like to be taken care of when it comes to worker’s compensation and first aid injuries, give us a call!
Resource: Pacific Employers