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Taking One for the Team: The 1st Thing You Should Do When Injured at Work

When you’re giving your all at work, accidents can happen. Many times, the First Aid kit isn’t going to cut it. When that happens, the first thing you should do is come to Advance ER.

I’m at work and I’m hurt—what do I do?

“I’ve treated HVAC technicians with metal slivers in their eyes, gymnastics coaches with broken and sprained ankles, and food industry workers with severe burns,” said Advance ER physician Dr. Joseph Meier. “My best advice is to come to Advance ER immediately where you can walk in and receive prompt medical care with no wait time.”

“It’s advisable to not try to drive yourself when you’re injured at work. Get a supervisor or coworker to drive you, or call 911 if you have severe bleeding, loss of consciousness or other serious signs of trauma,” said Dr. Meier.

Who will pay for my injury?

Since the number crunching and the paperwork can be trying, don’t expect your employer to be happy, but the state law for Workers’ Compensation clearly gives you the right to be evaluated and treated by a medical professional. To do your part, you must notify your supervisor as soon as possible. At Advance ER, we know how to start the paperwork for Workers’ Compensation and our friendly office staff can advise you on the next steps.

So don’t let the paperwork deter you from seeking medical help. “Some of the worst advice is to wait and see if it gets better,” said Dr. Meier. “Many injuries can improve faster with prompt medical care and putting off care can actually cause more problems down the road.”

In addition, injuries that initially don’t appear too severe can time-out of the Workers’ Compensation application deadline by the time symptoms worsen and become a real problem. “If we have an initial consultation on the books, it’s easier to do the follow up weeks, months, even years down the road if the injury becomes more problematic,” said Dr. Meier.

Full services at Advance ER

With a range of services available on-site, Advance ER is ready to diagnose and to treat your workplace injury. Our services include rapid results labs, X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound and fully-stocked pharmacy for our patients. When you arrive with an injury, our board-certified emergency physicians will have the experience and the services you need to get you started on the road to feeling better again.

What if I need a specialist?

One of the ground-breaking services offered by Advance ER is the easy access to specialists. Our SPECIALIST NOWSM service brings you the right cardiologists, pulmonary-critical care specialists, psychiatrists, and even dermatologists who can offer you their medical expertise face-to-face within minutes of your arrival.  This consultation with a specialist is offered to our patients at no additional office charge from the specialist’s office.

Where is Advance ER?

With two convenient locations to choose from, emergency medical care at Advance ER is easily accessible. Our Park Cities location is on W. Lovers Lane and Inwood and our Galleria Area facility is conveniently located on Inwood Rd. close to LBJ and the Dallas North Tollway.

I work the night shift. Now what?

We don’t sleep either. When you’re injured at work, Advance ER is open 24/7, 356 days a year and we’re ready to assist you. Since injuries and accidents don’t take a holiday, neither do we.

So rest assured, if you are injured at work, Advance ER is here with board-certified physicians with an average of 15 years of experience, the range of services and the No Wait easy access to take care of you right away.

Advance ER is available in two locations for your convenience:
Advance ER – Galleria Area

12338 Inwood Road Dallas, TX 75244

Advance ER – Park Cities

5201 W Lovers Lane Dallas, TX 75209

Meet Dr. Meier:

Dr. Joseph Meier is board-certified in emergency medicine and he received his medical degree, with honors, from Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN.

He completed his emergency medicine residency at UC Davis, Sacramento, CA, where he pioneered ultrasound protocols and chest pain protocols. Dr. Meier has experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of chronic, acute and sudden-onset conditions.