Long-Term Effects of a Catastrophic Work Injury

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By definition, a catastrophic injury is one that is life-altering and causes (often) irrevocable damage to one’s physical health. Upon sustaining a catastrophic injury in the workplace, someone may be unable to work permanently or require long-term occupational therapy to be able to work a different job. However, even past the injury, it’s often overlooked how these can affect one’s entire life long-term. Here’s what you should know.

Long-Term Physical Complications

Physical effects of a catastrophic injury can vary greatly. If the injury is spinal cord-related, it may result in paraplegia or quadriplegia, loss of feeling and movement from the waist down or neck down respectively. Other serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause issues with mobility, memory, coordination and physical strength. Severe burns or amputations can cause nerve damage, as well as prolonged issues with healing, scarring, pain or disfigurement.

These health complications can make even simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning a chore, and some victims may require the assistance of a live-in nurse or professional to help them with daily tasks. This is not only costly but can impact their personal relationships.

The Impact on Mental Health

Catastrophic injuries often result in psychological effects that may last long after the incident occurred. Mental health issues like depression and anxiety are incredibly common, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in cases of more severe trauma. Cognitive impairments can also be a side effect of TBI, leaving someone struggling to make decisions or process information.

Social/Lifestyle Changes

Of course, the physical and mental effects of catastrophic injuries are only part of the story. Social implications from such an injury can be tremendous – social isolation, a lack of opportunity, and even financial hardship. It’s difficult to rebuild a life after such an injury, but with the right resources and support, it can be done.

It’s important to remember that, no matter how serious a catastrophic injury may be, it’s still possible to move forward and experience some sense of normalcy again. With proper care and support, you can take back control of your life and start the journey to recovery.

Where to Turn for Help

After sustaining a catastrophic injury, you deserve to work with an attorney who understands the long-term implications. Working with an experienced lawyer from Leonard Law Group can help you to explore your options for compensation and begin to rebuild your life in the long run. Call (312) 487-2513 to schedule a free consultation today.

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