Coping with Disability after a Workplace Injury
Millions of American employees suffer from injuries at the workplace every year. Many of these injuries are mild, and may not even require missed work or long-term treatment. For some unfortunate people, however, workplace accidents can be life-changing events. This is especially true of those that cause some level of disability, even if it is only temporary.
Many of these accident victims have been working and supporting themselves and/or family members for years. Suddenly being unable to work at the same capacity as before – or perhaps unable to work at all – can be very difficult to adjust to. There is not only a financial loss but, for many people, a loss of self confidence and quality of life.
Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers Scudder Seguin, PLLC do not only care about our clients’ financial concerns. We want to make sure your medical and emotional needs are addressed as well. If you or someone you love is having difficulty adjusting after a disabling accident, please consider some of the following tips.
Strategies for Coping
It is understandable for a person who has recently sustained an impairing injury to feel sorrow, anger, frustration, fear, a combination of these, or something else entirely. Everyone reacts to this situation differently, so whatever you are feeling, don’t worry about whether it is “normal.” It is also not a good idea to suppress or deny your emotions; just let yourself experience them.
As you begin to adjust to this change in your life, try to keep some of these tips in mind:
- Talk about your injury. It may be difficult at first. However, it can help you both feel better and learn useful new skills, especially if you speak to others who share your disability.
- Take responsibility. Learning more about your disability, treatment options, and compensation strategies can improve your confidence and your life in general.
- Try to stay positive. This can also be difficult, especially in the first few weeks after your accident. Just try to focus on learning new skills, rather than lamenting what you cannot do.
- Don’t be afraid to seek help. If you suffer from persistent feelings of uselessness or hopelessness, moments of uncontrollable anger, or thoughts of self-harm, you need to speak with a professional caregiver.
Contact a Raleigh Disability Benefits Attorney
Doctors and loved ones can help with your medical and emotional difficulties; workers’ compensation can help with your financial challenges. To learn more, contact Raleigh disability benefits lawyers Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311.