A meaningful day is usually filled with a sense of purpose and productivity. Life changes when one sustains a work injury. You are missing time from work, trying to heal and wondering what your co-workers are doing in your absence. Your conversations with the insurance company may leave you feeling confused and defensive. It is a challenging time. There are mental and physical costs that affect you and those who love and support you.
Most people spend more time at work than they do with their families. Many times co-workers become close and feel like family. Unfortunately, when someone files a workers compensation claim the dynamic of many relationships change. You may feel ostracized, minimized or even bullied; and you likely didn’t expect that to happen.
• Maintain open communication. Many people believe that you are not allowed to talk with your co-workers once you have an injury. This is simply not the case. You can let them know that your focus is on getting better and returning to work, and you still enjoy hearing about the day-to-day happenings back at the office. Maintaining communication will help promote healing and prevent you from feeling disconnected.
• Focus on your recovery. Your job is to heal and return to work when and if you are physically able. Showing up on time to doctor’s appointments, fully participating in physical therapy, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy foods are parts of your new job description. Let your recovery be your purpose for the day. Welcome the positive feelings that productivity provides.
• Seek guidance from an experienced attorney who is an expert in South Carolina workers compensation law. An attorney will help you navigate the complex system in which you have little to no experience. Your rights require protection and an attorney will ensure that yours remain intact.
Although going through a workers compensation claim will likely be one of the most difficult times in your life, The Clardy Law Firm is here to help you and eliminate the unforeseen costs.
Please contact us for a consultation.