Wearable technologies can assist injury rehabilitation

| Jul 19, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

The management of workplace injuries is changing due to smart technologies and wearable options. These technologies are being used to improve the quality of care and rehabilitation for Louisiana workers who are injured on the job.

While wearable devices originally became known as fitness or activity trackers helping people engaging in an exercise program to track their steps or measure their heartbeat, health care providers are using these items for other purposes. The wearables can help to monitor other major health data like blood pressure or respiratory rates. They can also be used to sense body mechanics in order to help prevent on-the-job injuries and cut down on risks.

Some wearable technologies move far beyond simple monitoring to more advanced uses. Exoskeletons are being developed not only to restore movement to people who have been paralyzed, but also to help support people struggling with orthopedic injuries. These kind of technologies can also be used for people who are experiencing degenerative conditions. In each unique case, there could be a different use for wearable technologies to support recovery for workers who have been hurt on the job. For people who have experienced serious injuries, these technologies can help to restore their quality of life.

Workers who have been injured on the job are likely eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These can include the reimbursement or payment of medical expenses and in some cases the payment of a percentage of wages lost during the recovery period. An attorney can often help prepare and submit the required claim.