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Occupational Medicine Specialist

Wissam M. Shaya, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Smart Choice Medical

Wissam M. Shaya, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine & Laser Specialist located in Jacksonville, FL

Are you interested in promoting worker health? Or have you been injured on the job? Reach out to board-certified physician Wissam Shaya, MD, at Smart Choice Medical, located in Jacksonville, Florida, for an occupational medicine appointment. The practice offers a wide range of occupational medicine services, from DOT physicals to breath alcohol testing. To learn more, book online or over the phone today.

Occupational Medicine Q & A

What is occupational medicine?

Occupational medicine is a category of preventive medicine focused on workers and their health, safety, and performance. 

Occupational medicine specialists stay up-to-date on state and federal regulations related to occupational health and safety, including those issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Department of Transportation (DOT). 

Occupational health providers work with employees and employers alike and provide a wide range of services, including:

  • DOT physicals
  • Pre-employment screenings
  • Drug testing
  • Breath alcohol testing
  • Workers’ compensation exams
  • Health risk assessments 
  • Health coaching

They also diagnose and treat work-related injuries and illnesses, and help businesses develop policies to create a safer work environment.

What is a DOT physical, and who needs one?

A DOT physical is a physical exam that the Department of Transportation requires you to complete if you want a commercial driver’s license. 

Typically, during a DOT physical, your provider examines your:

  • Eyesight
  • Hearing
  • Blood pressure and pulse rate

They also conduct a thorough exam of your whole body and your neurological state. To test you for diseases like diabetes, or for drug use, they also perform a blood test or urinalysis. 

Usually, your DOT physical exam results are valid for up to 24 months. If you have an underlying condition, such as high blood pressure, you may have to come back more frequently for checkups.

Do I qualify for workers’ compensation?

If you’ve been injured on the job, become sick as a result of your job, or you were injured or became sick while traveling for work, you may qualify for workers’ compensation.

Note that, if you were on drugs or intoxicated when you became injured, you don’t qualify for compensation. Nor do you qualify for compensation if your illness is a result of your own poor lifestyle choices.

To find out if you’re eligible, Dr. Shaya at Smart Choice Medical conducts a physical exam, during which he discusses:

  • Your symptoms
  • When your symptoms began
  • Your preexisting conditions
  • How your current injury or illness prevents you from working
  • How your life has been affected by your symptoms
  • How your illness started or how you became injured

Next, he performs a physical exam. Once finished with the exam, Dr. Shaya details his findings in a written report, which he then passes on to you or your lawyer.

Occupational medicine at Smart Choice Medical is here to promote your health and wellness, no matter your job title. To learn more, contact the practice online or over the phone today.