An on-the-job injury can cause devastating affects for the entire family. Suffering an injury at work can cause emotional and financial difficulties that can linger long after a physical injury. Some workers suffer debilitating injuries that they will never completely recover from, increasing the stress and financial burden for other family members.
In a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the total cost of U.S. workplace injuries is estimated to be $198 billion a year. Occupational injuries can have lasting affects, not just for the injured worker, but also for his or her household.
Case studies have shown that workers who have suffered an on-the-job injury typically earn less money in the years following their injuries. Costly medical bills, continued treatment, and a lack of sufficient income can easily threaten a family’s savings and can even cause them to have to borrow money and sell belongings in order to survive.
Family members of injured workers are also more at risk of being injured themselves. A family member’s injury can contribute to other family members helping during physical therapy or assisting their loved one around, increasing their own risk of developing a fracture, sprain, or dislocation.
With one spouse unable to work or working fewer hours due to an injury, the other spouse may have to take on more work to help make ends meet. If a single-parent worker is injured, the stress is even more overwhelming. Struggling to meet financial needs as well as not being able to do chores and tasks that were once easily accomplished can cause strain and tension to familial relationships and the home.
A worker’s injury does not just impact his or her life; rather it can cause repercussions for the whole family. The stress of a workplace injury can even stretch some families to the breaking point. If a workplace injury has happened to you, it is important to know what resources and rights you have. Burnetti, P.A.’s experienced workers’ compensation attorneys may be able to help you file a work comp claim to assist in relieving some of the financial burden and emotional stress you may be facing.