Workers’ Compensation Doctor Selection

If you’re an employee, who has been hurt on the job, it’s time to see a doctor and get on the road to recovery.

Navigating your employer’s workers’ compensation plan can be difficult, which is why you should work with your employer’s insurance provider to find a doctor covered by their plan. However, it’s also important to find a physician you feel safe with and confident in.

Finding the right doctor can be tough, but a good place to start your search is with a clinic that has experience handling workers’ compensation injuries and cases. MidAmerica Orthopaedics workers' compensation program has a strong reputation amongst risk managers, ER physicians, and insurance providers as a reliable clinic for workers’ compensation cases.

At MidAmerica Orthopaedics, you can expect to recover both quickly and efficiently, in addition to finding support for handling your workers’ compensation claim.

Direct-to-Specialist Care

What makes MidAmerica Orthopaedics an effective choice for your workers’ compensation treatment? Our direct-to-specialist approach.

Many workplace injuries are musculoskeletal injuries that require treatment from an orthopaedic specialist. With direct-to-specialist care, injured employees can start getting orthopaedic treatment immediately, without having to wait for a referral from an ER or primary care physician.

In addition to employees recovering faster by receiving more timely and direct treatment, they can return to work quicker, which lessens the burden on employers. Studies have shown that direct-to-specialist care saves up to 65% on workers’ compensation claims, when compared to treatment from a primary care physician or occupational medicine clinic.

How to Choose the Right Doctor

When choosing the right physician for your case, look for physicians who specialize in specific areas of treatment that are most relevant to your injuries. The team of physicians at MidAmerica Orthopaedics is comprised of doctors, surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, who are leading experts in their fields and focus on all parts of the musculoskeletal system, as well as both surgical and non-surgical treatment approaches. Get to know some of our physicians below, and see if they might be the right choice for your treatment:

Anton J. Fakhouri, MD, FICS, FACS is a hand and upper extremity physician. Dr. Fakhouri specializes in the treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. His specialties trauma and fractures of the upper extremity, bone and soft tissue reconstruction and microsurgical limb reconstruction.

Gary A. Kronen, MD is a hand and upper extremity surgeon. Dr. Kronen is regarded as one of the premier hand surgeons in the United States. His specialties include soft tissue reconstruction, arthritis reconstruction, and flexor and extensor repair. In addition, Dr. Kronen has experience treating work related hand, elbow, and wrist injuries.

Sarkis M. Bedikian D.O. is another one of our surgical experts, who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction and replacement. If you’ve developed a bad hip from years of physical labor, or damaged your knee in a work site accident, Dr. Bedikian is the physician to see.

Adam F. Meisel, MD is a sports medicine and arthroscopy specialist. His specialties include shoulder replacement, cartilage restoration and minimally invasive surgeries. With his expertise in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques, tendon and ligament injuries, and sports medicine. Dr. Meisel will help injured employees return to work as fast as possible by reducing recovery times.

Svetlana Zats, DPM is a foot and ankle specialist. Dr. Zats specializes in bunion deformity correction, foot and ankle trauma, as well as custom orthotics. In addition to providing surgical treatment, Dr. Zats also focuses on non-surgical treatment options like platelet rich plasma injections.

Beverlee Brisbin, MD is a non-operative sports medicine specialist. Her specialties include treating injuries to the back, neck, hand, elbow, wrist, knee, shoulder, foot and ankle. Dr. Brisbin is also a team physician for both US Men’s and Women’s Soccer.

Gurpal Pannu, MD is an orthopaedic spine specialist. His specialties include degenerative conditions of the cervical spine, thoracic, lumbar spine, herniated discs, spinal trauma and minimally invasive surgery.

No matter which physician you choose to see at MidAmerica Orthopaedics, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. The direct-to-specialist approach at MidAmerica will insure that workplace injuries are dealt with efficiently and effectively in returning injured workers back to their livelihoods as soon as possible.

For more information on MidAmerica Orthopaedics Occupational Health Program, and to schedule an appointment with a MidAmerica specialist, please contact David Adam, Director of Workers’ Compensation Services at 708-237-7206.