When you’re hurt on the job, it’s natural to hope that you’ll make a full recovery and be back to normal in no time. However, for some people, that isn’t the case.
They may never fully recover from their work-related injury and have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives.
Potential long-term effects of work-related injuries
Work-related injuries are a common occurrence in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private industries reported more than 2.7 million work-related injuries and illnesses in 2020.
Work-related injuries can have several long-term effects on injured workers and their families. In addition to the pain and suffering caused by the injury, workers may also face financial difficulties due to lost wages and medical bills.
The families of injured workers may also experience financial and emotional stress as they try to cope with the consequences of the injury. In addition, an injured worker’s family may need to provide care and support, which can be physically and emotionally challenging.
And while workers’ compensation benefits can help to offset some of these costs, they may not cover all of the expenses associated with a work-related injury. Furthermore, if your injuries are severe, you may be unable to return to work. If so, you may qualify for permanent disability payments.
If your workplace injury is severe enough that it is expected to be permanently disabling, you may want to file for Social Security Disability benefits in addition to workers’ compensation. Because the intersection of SSD and workers’ comp can be confusing and complicated, it’s wise to get some experienced legal assistance.