L & I
An injury on the job can be devastating for patients because of the lost wages, time spent during recovery, and the uncertainty about how the injury will affect the ability to work in the future. Most patients who come to my clinic have never had an injury on the job before, so patients are unfamiliar with the process, which can lead to even more anxiety about the injury. The good news is that twenty-five percent of my patients are currently dealing with an injury that occurred in the workplace, so my office can help you with the paperwork and the many hoops that you may need to jump through throughout your treatment. Washington State also has a website to help answer some of the questions you may have about your rights and the claim.
Is my injury related to my job?
This is the most common question I answer in the office for patients. Some injuries are easy to relate to the workplace, such as a fall that results in a broken bone. The cause of most injuries, however, is not easy to determine, especially injuries that are considered overuse injuries. This is because activities performed at home or during recreational activities also require repetitive overuse of our bodies, so it is helpful to have supporting evidence that the injury was related to the workplace. Patients should report an injury to their supervisor as soon as possible and document a date when the injury occurred.
APF (Activity Prescription Form)
Every time you come to the office, Dr. Codsi will fill out an APF for you. This is a standardized form that helps communicate the status of your injury with your employer and your case manager. The form will always include your name, date of injury, claim number and employer who you worked for at the time of injury. The top section of the form includes the dates when you can work, either full duty, light duty or no duty. The middle section of the form includes all the actual activities that you cannot perform because of your injury. This section must be filled out if you are on light duty or off of work completely. The bottom section describes the medical treatment plan and the amount of time until your next scheduled follow up with your doctor. Dr. Codsi’s office will send a copy of the APF to your claims manager. You should keep the yellow copy of the APF in a file at home along with copies of every document you receive about your injury claim. Good record keeping is as important as following your doctors instructions for recovery. Lastly, you should give a copy of your APF to your employer.