Decrease Liabilities: Medical Transportation for Employees

Liability should be a major concern for any business, especially for those in fields where employees are at risk of illness or injury. Regardless of the field in which your company operates, knowing how to deal with worker’s compensation and liability is important, and there are a number of ways you can diminish the liability your company faces. One of the best ways to decrease liability is through handling medical transportation for employees that fall ill or become injured.

 

Transportation for emergency situations

Medical transportation for employees can be dealt with in several ways, depending on their circumstances – if an employee is injured in the workplace or as a direct result of workplace activity, consider the severity and urgency of the injury before moving forward. If the employee requires immediate medical attention, as from a life-threatening injury, then contact emergency services immediately. These types of injuries could include those that cause the employee to fall unconscious, shallow breathing combined with chest pain (heart attack symptoms), or moderate to severe bleeding.

 

What are the other options available?

If the worker is injured enough to warrant quick medical attention but the injury is not life threatening, such as with moderate cuts, head injuries, or sprained joints, then more options are available. The employee may choose to drive themselves to seek medical attention, or call a friend or family member. However, providing medical transportation for employees through either a taxi service or having a coworker or company representative transport them can decrease the liability you face during a compensation claim. If the injury is mild enough that immediate medical attention is not required, then the company is not obligated to provide transportation.

Medical transportation for employees is an important consideration, and thus HR representatives and employees in other management positions should be trained in decision-making in these scenarios. Making the wrong call on transportation can hurt your company’s liability and increase costs, so having a flexible solution for transportation for injured employees can help keep costs down. It is also a good idea to have non-emergency transportation available for different individual scenarios, in order to accommodate the needs of a given employee.

When choosing a transportation service, key points should include reliability, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness. Medical transportation for employees should provide the option for ground and air ambulance services, wheelchair accessible transportation, and so on. Providers with awards like the URAC Health Network Accreditation are also more desirable.