Staying Positive While Recovering From A Long-Term Occupational Injury

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Every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job, statistics from the National Safety Council reveal. 33.54% of injuries resulting in time off work occur due to overexertion, 26% due to contact with objects and equipment, and 25.8% due to slips, trips, and falls. Sustaining an injury at work can turn your whole world upside down. You suddenly find yourself off work and dealing with pain, lost wages, and medical expenses. As a result, it’s crucial that you find positive ways to cope with your injury in order to protect your mental, physical, and financial health.

Seek compensation

Sustaining an injury at work not only affects your health, but it can also stop you from earning a wage either temporarily or permanently. It may also cause conflict with your employer and put your job security at risk, resulting in even more uncertainty and stress. It’s important to consult a reputable and experienced work injury lawyer to support you through this complex situation, advises. A work injury lawyer can navigate the relevant insurance policies, industry regulations, and liability to help you seek the compensation you deserve without putting your employment at risk.

Look after your mental health 

Over 50% of injured workers experience symptoms of depression, particularly in the first month after the injury. Taking time off work can lead to social isolation, feelings of guilt over missing work and burdening your family, and anxiety over lost wages. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, changes in sleep or appetite, or low mood, consult your doctor instead of dealing with these feelings alone. They may refer you to a trained counselor for psychotherapy, recommend injury recovery support groups, or prescribe medication like antidepressants.

Focus on rehabilitation

Feeling upset and frustrated at being off work and not having full mobility is normal after sustaining an injury, but it doesn’t help to dwell in negativity. Keeping a positive mindset is a healthier, more productive way to cope. In particular, focusing on rehabilitation exercises can help you regain muscle strength in the affected area and heal faster. Having physical therapy goals to focus on also helps your mental health and keeps boredom at bay. Celebrating your milestones and achievements with friends and family can help keep you on track.

Sustaining an occupational injury can be a challenging time in life. Yet, being proactive and keeping a positive mindset can help you bounce back even stronger than before.

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