Starting Over: Life With a Permanent Disability
Rightly or wrongly, for much of our lives we spend half of our waking hours at work. Our financial security is heavily dependent upon that time and the skills developed within the course of our labors. For many workers, the monetary compensation is the primary motivation for the work that they do. But this neglects a rather significant piece of the puzzle. Not only do our occupational endeavors provide the basis for our income, they also become hugely influential in forming one’s sense of identity. A permanently disabling workplace injury can steal both in the blink of an eye.
North Carolina workers who sustain serious injuries on the job are afforded protections from some of the financial effects through access to workers’ compensation benefits. But the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, are dedicated to ensuring that our clients’ emotional challenges are also met with as much vigor. Contact us at (252) 222-0227.
Disability Challenges and Champions
The strong correlation between one’s occupation and self-esteem and identity is common to jobs of all types. Professional athletes at the end of their careers often struggle to find a new direction, as do entertainers whose spotlight has dimmed. It is no different for the construction worker whose 25 years of working on job sites comes to an end when a poorly secured beam leaves him unable to walk. There are no easy answers, but here are some suggestions for how to overcome the emotional distress of a permanently disabling injury:
- Be sure that you have explored all appropriate avenues of compensation so that financial stress does not heighten your anxiety.
- Although your body may be unable to carry out the same tasks it once did, your mind still has the knowledge and experience gained, so consulting or other work may be valuable and worthwhile.
- Explore the interests that you didn’t have time for when you were putting in 40 + hours at work each week.
- Remain engaged with friends and family – they love you for who you are, not where you worked.
If you have become disabled as a result of a workplace injury, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, at (252) 222-0227 to learn more about how we can help you move forward.