Some injured victims may think they can tough it out and continue working while they are recovering. However, an injury could make it very difficult to continue working in the same capacity as before. You may need to limit your hours, avoid certain activities, take frequent breaks or take other steps to make it possible for you to work.
Below, we discuss the many ways a personal injury could impair your ability to do your job. This includes physical along with psychological/mental impairments.
If you were injured by another’s negligence, our Windsor-based personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you recover full compensation for wages you lose while you cannot work. We are also prepared to help you obtain compensation for lost earning capacity if your injury hurts your ability to work long-term.
Injured victims may not realize how significantly their ability to work could be impaired. That is why it is so vital to contact an experienced lawyer for help with compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and other damages.
Greg Monforton and Partners is here to help. Call today: (866) 320-4770.
Physical Limits Caused by Personal Injuries
Many injuries could create serious physical limitations that hurt your ability to do your job. For example, if you suffered an amputation, you may be unable to do a physically strenuous job or one that requires you to lift heavy objects regularly. An amputation could also make it impossible to operate heavy machinery, such as machinery in a warehouse or factory.
Soft-tissue injuries could also limit you physically. For example, whiplash or a soft-tissue injury in your back could make it harder to lift heavy things. You may have trouble sitting in front of a desk looking at a computer screen or answering phone calls.
A broken bone could prevent you from operating construction vehicles or staying on your feet as much as your job requires.
The side effects of an injury can also limit your ability to work. For example, you may be dealing with pain or discomfort that makes it hard to work for as many hours as you did before. You may get tired more quickly because you need to use other body parts to compensate for lack of mobility or strength in another body part. A leg injury could cause you to use your ab muscles or back muscles more than you are used to, which can wear those muscles out and make you tired.
The discomfort from an injury could also limit your ability to sleep. Even if you give yourself plenty of time to sleep you may struggle to get enough. This can cause you to become fatigued more easily during the daytime.
Repetitive activities can be exhausting even for people in good health. However, an injury can make it harder to use a mouse or keyboard or other tasks that require fine motor skills.
Cognitive Impairments Caused by Personal Injuries
Pain, fatigue and other side effects of a personal injury can be mentally draining. You may not be able to do the cognitive tasks your job requires for as long as you used to do them. You may only be able to do these tasks for a few hours before you need to leave for the day.
For example, if you have a job that requires you to solve problems, analyze complex subjects, explain things to coworkers and subordinates, and organize your thoughts, this can be difficult during the recovery from a physical injury. Writing, making presentations, composing emails, talking on the phone and other tasks may be much more difficult.
Sometimes cognitive impairments are because of a traumatic brain injury. Some who suffer a traumatic brain injury have serious cognitive deficits that make it impossible to do their old job. Some victims will never be able to work again and will need round-the-clock care. Others may need time to recover before they can return to their old job or enter another line of work.
A brain injury could cause personality changes that change the victim’s temperament. For example, he or she may not be able to stay calm enough to be a salesman or deal with customers. Personality changes could even include angry outbursts that make it harder for others in an office to complete their work.
Some injured victims may experience post-traumatic stress disorder that makes it hard to concentrate on work. People may get anxious at work and be unable to stay focused.
Why it is Important to Follow the Doctor’s Orders
Our experienced lawyers understand that victims want to get back to work as soon as possible. They have bills to pay, and they need income from their job.
However, you should follow your doctor’s orders about going back to work. If you return to work too quickly you could reaggravate your injury. This could drag out your recovery or even cause other injuries.
You should hire an experienced lawyer to help you obtain full compensation for wages lost while you are unable to work. You should not make decisions about your health or your return to work out of concern for financial issues.
Contact Greg Monforton and Partners After an Injury
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