March 29th, 2015

The Center for Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine of Western New York has recently opened in affiliation with the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). It is the first of its kind in Western New York. Occupational and Environmental Medicine is devoted to the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability. The Center is home to a full-time Occupational Health Doctor and is designed to assist workers who have been injured on the job or who are suffering from an occupation related illness. Occupational Health Doctors care for injured workers on a daily basis and have training and experience in treating workplace related medical conditions that other physicians do not. The Center accepts Workers’ Compensation insurance, assuring that no injured or sick worker will be turned away.

Partner Frank Dolce, a longtime advocate of workers’ rights and a founding member of the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH), is a member of the Center’s Advisory Board and played a role in securing funding from the New York State Department of Health. He explained the important role that the new center will play in the lives of Western New York’s workers.

“In the past, if you got injured on the job, you would go to the emergency room for a minimal amount of acute treatment and would then get sent on to your primary care physician who almost always refuses to take Workers’ Compensation insurance.” Said Dolce. “Now, with the creation of the Occupational Health Center, if you get hurt, you have a place to go with a physician who is trained specifically to recognize and treat occupational causes of medical issues. It’s a huge win for workers!”

If you need medical assistance because of an injury you sustained on the job or believe that you are suffering from a job-related illness or disability, you should contact the Center for Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine of Western New York today. The Center is located on the first floor of ECMC and can be reached at 716-898-5858.

If you are injured at work, do not hesitate to contact Dolce Panepinto at 716-852-1888 for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.