People hurt themselves in the workplace in various ways, from falling off of ladders on construction sites to slipping on a floor that was wet or tripping over a cord. Sometimes, employees are lucky to survive an on-the-job accident. Unfortunately, some of those who are able to survive serious work-related mishaps may face other challenges that can make life incredibly difficult for their loved ones and interrupt their career. For example, an injured worker may struggle with medical costs, missing out on wages they were counting on, or never being able to walk again.
When an injured worker is immobilized, they may face short-term and long-term challenges. Sometimes, workers are able to recover from these injuries after therapy, but even being immobilized for a short period of time can bring on emotional challenges, physical pain, financial problems, and other hardships. For others, immobility may be a lifelong issue that may require a worker to change his or her life in different ways. Sometimes, people in this position may have to find a new career or be unable to work ever again.
Workers who are immobilized or struggling with other consequences as a result of an on-the-job accident may have various questions as they try to move forward. For example, some may be able to file for workers’ comp, while others may consider legal action as a result of their experiences. Regardless, it is critical for injured workers to know which course of action will serve them best and our workers’ comp section has more related to workplace accident injuries.