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Updated: May 6

NYPMD work injury doctors in NYC for union employees play an integral role in the recovery of union workers who incur an injury or illness on-the-job. NYPMD's injury physicians focus on the patients recovery and RTW (return-to-work) healthy and at their peak performance..


NYPMD Physicians play an integral role in treating union workers who have sustained an injury or illness. In some cases, they may consult other physicians who are experts in specific injuries or illnesses. Our Physicians typically do one or more of the following:

Assessment: involves diagnosing medical conditions through clinical evaluations and testing methods in order to characterize the severity of the impairment or disability.

NYPMD physicians first step is to access an employee’s functional capacity to perform his or her job while taking the injured workers job’s duties into account.

For example, the assessment for mechanical operators who sustained lower-back injuries at work would test their range of motion and the maximum allowable weight that they could safely lift.

If you're hurt at work, a board certified workers comp doctor from NYPMD will check how your injury affects you. NYPMD workers compensation doctors can also tell you and your employer how much you can physically do and if there are any physical limitations because of your injuries.

Work Injury Treatment: involves prescribing medication and activities to help the employee return to their original level of functionality.

After the doctor checks the employee's injury or illness, they usually make a treatment plan. This plan is meant to help the employee get better and return to work. It should be based on the best medical practices and evidence when possible.

The treatment plan can include things like medicines to help heal and reduce pain, and suggestions for what the employee can do at home and work. If the employee doesn't get better as expected, the doctor may need to figure out why and involve other medical experts.

As the employee follows the treatment plan, the doctor should think about when it's safe for them to go back to work and do their job tasks.

Communication / Documentation: involves explaining the employee’s abilities, restrictions, and need for accommodations, if any, to both the employee and the employer. It may also involve providing objective information to third parties (including benefit administrators, insurers, and workers compensation attorneys) about the employee’s capacity to return to work.

NYPMD New York workers compensation doctors assess how serious an injury is and suggest treatments. They need to talk to employees, employers, and sometimes insurance companies about their findings and what they recommend. Talking about this early is important because it can affect how employees see their own ability to get back to work. (Harber 2008).

Injured union members who suffered back, neck, or upper extremity injuries were able to see the light at the end of the tunnel when openly communicating with their physician about the roadmap to recovery.

Employees who got return-to-work dates and advice on preventing future injuries went back to work sooner than those who didn't get this help. This shows that doctors who actively help with the early return-to-work process can make it more likely for employees to go back to work successfully. [Source: Harber 2008, Kosny et al. 2006]


Our work injury doctors accept workers compensation claims from most New York City unions, including:


  • Public Employees DC 37

  • Teamsters Local 237

  • Construction And General Building Laborers Local 79

  • Commuter Rail Employees Local 1

  • Steamfitters Local 638

  • International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3

  • Painters And Allied Trades DC 9

  • Structural Steel And Bridge Painters Local 806

  • Transport Workers Local 100

  • American Postal Workers Local 10

  • Iron Workers Local 580

  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ

  • Dockbuilders Local 1456

  • COBA (Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association)

When you’re injured at work, you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits that cover the cost of medical care, lost wages, and other expenses related to the injury. NYPMD injury doctors, are experienced workers compensation doctor who can provide a thorough evaluation after you have seen a designated work physician and subsequently documented by your employer.


The most common workplace injuries may require medication, surgery, and/or physical therapy.

  • Rotator cuff injury: This issue is frequently caused by trauma or overuse and is characterized by stiffness and weakness in the shoulder that can lead to chronic pain if left untreated. Minimally invasive rotator cuff surgery can repair tears in this area and restore function to the arm and shoulder.

  • ACL tear: The ACL is one of the ligaments that stabilizes and supports the knee joint. Surgery for a torn ACL involves replacing or repairing the affected ligament with grafted tissue.

  • Meniscus tear: Another common knee injury, a meniscus tear affects the shock-absorbing cartilage that protects the joint. While this injury may heal on its own with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, arthroscopic surgery may be necessary for severe tears.

  • Shoulder dislocation: This common issue can be related to an underlying injury to the muscle or tendon. Shoulder dislocation surgery may be required to help treat the affected area.

Additional injuries that union members may experience could involve issues like back pain, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. Each injury may require its own specific treatment and care.


Injured at work? Injured union members get better and get back to work. Contact a New York Union Work Injury Doctor Now!  1 (800) 929-0849

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