Psychological Aspects of a Work Injury

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 5:30am PST

Pain, discomfort, and physical limitations are a part of any injury. When a person suffers an injury while on the job, they have the right to seek both medical and financial benefits through the workers' compensation system. These benefits are used to pay for the victim's monthly expenses while they are unable to work, as well as for their medical care, physical therapy, and occupational therapy for their injuries.

While physical injuries are often covered under workers' compensation benefits, it is less often that people seek benefits to help pay for treatment for the mental and emotional consequences of an injury. It's not uncommon for injury victims to experience depression, high levels of stress, anxiety, and mental anguish, especially when an injury limit's a person's ability to live life to the fullest. Furthermore, depending on the extent of the injury, a person may never be able to return to work again. Losing one's ability to work is source of stress, anxiety, and depression for many people. Not only is there concern over how money will be made, but also over not being able to provide for oneself or one's family can undermine a person's sense of self-worth.

Get the Help You Need!

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other emotional or psychological condition due to your injuries, it is important to make this fact known to your doctor or physician. A doctor can refer you to a psychologist or therapist who can help you confront your emotions and deal with what you are going through. Failing to address emotional or psychological needs can lead depression, anxiety, and other psychological conditions that can affect your life for years to come.

For more information about this topic, please do not hesitate to contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. today, where an experienced North Carolina workers' compensation attorney can help you apply for benefits and put you in touch with doctors, psychologists, and therapists who can help!

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