Construction work is physically demanding and it’s one of the most dangerous jobs out there, which is evident by the number of accidents. Even though many construction site incidents are minor, the high number of hazards paves the way for serious injuries, including permanent disabilities. Suffering a disability because of a construction accident will leave you with an altered way of life and significant financial hardships – continue reading to find out how to cope.
The Scope of Permanent Disability
Permanent disabilities are any condition that permanently inhibits a person’s ability to complete a task, both mentally and physically. The following construction site injuries will likely lead to permanent disability:
- Loss of limbs
- Trauma to the spinal cord
- Severe burns
- Extreme brain injuries
These medical issues can be caused by any number of accidents including faulty equipment, hazardous substances, slips and trips, crushing, and so much more. A person living with a permanent disability will have to change the way they live and might be left out of work.
How to Adjust to Permanent Disability
Getting through life with a permanent disability will be challenging, but it’s always possible to adjust to your new reality. However, this will take a lot of time and will come with emotional and financial costs.
A permanent disability can leave you feeling depressed, anxious, and in a state of overwhelming grief for your former life. As well as the mental burden, you may feel ongoing pain, continuous medical treatments, and issues with movement.
Even though it’s easier said than done, a positive mindset is the best way to adjust following a construction accident. In the US, there are plenty of support groups available for people with permanent disabilities, so you’ll never be alone.
Navigating the World of Work
Depending on how severe your permanent disability is, you will likely be left without a job, which can plunge your mind into further feelings of despair. While you’re searching for new jobs, you may face significant challenges, but there are processes in place to protect you from discrimination. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to make adjustments for any employee with a disability.
Even though you won’t be discriminated against by law, it doesn’t stop employers from coming up with reasons not to employ you. With this in mind, you may find it beneficial to receive training for people with permanent disabilities. There are plenty of organizations that are committed to supporting those with disabilities in their efforts to enter employment.
Following your accident, you will have had medical expenses, loss of earnings, and a lot of emotional hardship. Fortunately, if your construction accident was caused by employer negligence, you can claim on their workers’ compensation cover; a reputable lawyer can help you with this.
Living with a permanent difficulty is challenging, especially if it was caused in your typical line of work. To help you make changes, you can turn to several organizations. Additionally, you can get in touch with our friendly team of lawyers at the following addresses:
- Astoria – 32-72 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103
- Brooklyn – 7113 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209
- Syosset – 175 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY 11791
Alternatively, call now for a free consultation on (347) 472-5080.