An unexpected injury at work could bring your career to a screeching halt while you recover. Uncertainty about the future can cause feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
While a severe injury can undoubtedly change your life, a proactive approach to recovery could reduce the impact of your circumstances on your career.
Communicate with your employer
Your employer will play a critical role in the months following your accident. You will rely on their guidance to assist you with filing a workers’ compensation claim and negotiating a settlement for your case. Communicating regularly with them will help them understand your condition and the likelihood of a full recovery. You can express your desire to return to work and may even have the chance to negotiate an early return with a revised role while you continue your recovery.
Maximize recovery resources
Depending on the type of injury you sustain, you could face a long and intense recovery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the year 2020, some 1.8 million workers experienced work-related injuries in the United States. Your recovery could involve ongoing treatment and subsequent rehabilitation.
Research types of rehabilitation and whether they could optimize your efforts. Keep track of your progress and keep your employer informed of improvements in your condition.
Update your goals
Reassess your goals for the future. If your injury caused a permanent disability that prevents you from returning to your former line of work, consider what other jobs you have the skills to perform. Vocational rehabilitation can help you identify transferrable skills and update your resume. Such resources can also line you up with job opportunities you meet the qualifications for.
Despite the severity of a workplace injury, you can maintain control over your future through proactive goal-setting and committed recovery efforts.