When you’re the victim of a workplace accident, there’s typically so many emotions and thoughts running their course through you that it can be hard to adjust and cope with this unexpected life change. While of course, everyone thinks you should solely focus on recovery, the fact is that there is a lot of small, and not-so-small, repercussions of workplace injuries.
While the amount of time it takes each individual to get back on track is going to vary from person to person, depending on multiple factors. And of course each case is going to have their own unique aspects that either add to or detract from your overall experience with the unfortunate event, but there are steps you can take to help alleviate the negative impacts on your life.
Whether it’s only temporary or a permanent injury or illness, there’s nothing easy or fun about dealing with a disability. However, the following steps may help get you in the right direction on this path.
Depression and emotional distress are the most common occurrence for those that have been injured in the workplace. Having to take time off to recover and work through the New York Workers’ Comp process is stressful and depressing and there are numerous things that can deepen your anger and depression.
These feelings are so common among those that suffer a work-related injury, many pain management doctors will automatically probe for signs of depression and may prescribe medication even though you currently don’t “feel depressed.” It is important that you are aware of your susceptibility to depression and that you seek psychological counseling if and when necessary.
As we said above, it’s okay to be angry. Nobody gets enthused about becoming disabled, no matter what the diagnosis and forecast for recovery is. But you have to pick your time to put your foot down and defy the anger and depression — refusing to let them take over your life or affect your health.
Lastly, you’re going to need your family and friends for support through this. Of course, they love you and don’t want to see you in pain, and many of them will likely want to help in any way they can. However, if all you do is complain about your life or moan about your pain, eventually that support is going to grow tired and you’ll see them start to pull away.
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