Consequences of On the Job Head and Neck Injuries
On the job head and neck injuries can be extremely serious. If you’ve suffered this type of injury, you may have suffered a concussion, post-concussion syndrome, or a form of paralysis. On the job head and neck injuries are especially serious because they typically cause four types of issues: Physical, emotional, career, and financial. Let’s briefly examine each type of issue and how they affect victims.
Physical issues are often the first thing we think about when it comes to on the job head and neck injuries. The physical pain that occurs in conjunction with an injury can be excruciating. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. The long-term effects of neck and head injuries can be devastating. Chronic pain frequently results from head and neck injuries, along with a host of additional physical problems like nerve damage, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, and increased sensitivity to light and noise.
On the job head and neck injuries often lead to a variety of emotional issues. Depression and anxiety are very common effects. Emotional issues typically stem from a combination of physical problems. For example, when you’re experiencing chronic pain, it’s very easy to feel angry or depressed. Emotional issues can also stem from issues like not being able to work. Being unable to work can take a major toll on a person’s self-esteem and the resultant financial worries can lead to acute anxiety.
On the job head and neck injuries subject the victim to a variety of career-related issues. The injury may have left the victim unable to work. The injury may cause the victim to fear to return to work. Perhaps the worst career issue that an injury victim faces is an employer who does not handle the situation in a legal and ethical manner. It’s sad that injury victims can’t always rely on their employers to do the right thing. When a victim is not being treated in an appropriate manner or simply wants to be certain of what his/her rights are, the victim needs to contact a competent attorney.
A myriad of financial issues can arise from on the job head and neck injuries. Lost wages is the first thing that usually comes to mind, but victims also have to consider how their injuries affect their future wages. Even if victims are able to return to work and earn a living, their entire income trajectory may have been compromised by the injury. Medical bills are another major concern.
When an employee suffers an on the job head and neck injuries, it’s best to seek legal representation right away. If your employer handles the situation fairly, you’ll know it. And if you employer does not handle the situation fairly, you will need a qualified attorney to fight for what’s right.