November 4, 2021 Workers' Comp

Sometimes Getting Better Depends on Getting a Ride

<p><a name="_Hlk79488264" id="_Hlk79488264">For many of us, finding a ride is easier than ever. But for injured workers, getting from one place to another often remains daunting. </a>Those who are recovering from a workplace injury might face difficulty getting around. Without timely and reliable transportation, those in need of medical care can miss appointments.</p>

For many of us, finding a ride is easier than ever. But for injured workers, getting from one place to another often remains daunting. Those who are recovering from a workplace injury might face difficulty getting around. Without timely and reliable transportation, those in need of medical care can miss appointments.

It’s essential for injured workers to have access to a network of safe and reliable transportation options, and drivers must consider their unique needs. For drivers experienced in getting injured workers to and from where they need to go, this is familiar territory.

Having safe, reliable transportation also helps build trust. Injured workers experience many benefits from access to professional transportation companies experienced in workers’ compensation, and extra comforts can have outsized impacts in an injured worker’s recovery.

Small positive inputs to workers’ recoveries accumulate, including having reliable, safe, and clean transportation. All this has taken on added significance amid the pandemic when protocols around mask-wearing and cleaning can mean the difference between contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and avoiding it.

Given all the choices for getting injured workers where they need to go, it’s important to make sure they have access to the most appropriate transportation that meets their individual needs. To do this, a series of questions can help uncover what challenges the worker might face that must be addressed.

In addition, reputable specialty networks regularly reassess what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. This self-scrutiny helps to meet the needs of injured workers.

The importance of transportation to health care outcomes has been drawing more attention in recent years. One review found that 10 to 51 percent of group health patients cited lack of transportation as a barrier to care. The research around the pivotal role of transportation in patient outcomes underscores the importance of having access to a network of safe and reliable transportation options.

To find out more about how reliable transportation can move injured workers toward better outcomes, read Apricus’ latest whitepaper, “Reliable Transportation Means Better Injured Worker Outcomes,” here.

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