Even though we get a lot of snow, construction is a year-round business here in Minnesota. It’s also one of the more physically demanding occupations, with thousands of injury reports in the state each year. This is concerning when we add in the recent news that the industry is seeing a rash of opioid dependency and overdose issues because painkillers are a common treatment option for many types of construction injuries.
So how can you avoid a dependency problem, make a fast recovery and earn compensation for your construction injury? We explain some tips for checking all those boxes in today’s blog.
After A Construction Injury
Nobody plans on getting injured at work, but that’s the reality for millions of Americans each year. However, you can put yourself in a better position to make a full recovery and maximize your compensation if you make a plan to help keep your life on track after the injury. Here are some steps to keep everything moving in the right direction after a construction injury.
1. Report the Injury – Don’t try to work through the pain. Be sure your supervisor is notified of the injury.
2. Seek Medical Attention – Have the injury assessed and treated by a medical professional. This will also allow you to get documented proof of the existence and the extent of your injury.
3. Talk To A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer – Let a professional file for compensation on your behalf so you can focus on what’s most important to you – your health.
4. Education And Opioid Awareness – This goes for anyone who suffers an injury, not just construction workers. Educate yourself on the effects of opioids and follow your doctor’s instructions for safe use. Statistics show that opioid abuse and overdoses cost the Minnesota construction industry $292 million in 2015, so be proactive about following safe medication protocols.
5. Consider Alternative Rehab Options – Opioids can help with the pain after a work injury, but they don’t target the underlying source of pain. They aren’t going to strengthen muscle groups or calm inflammation. Instead of relying on painkillers and rest, ask your doctor if physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications may provide better results with a decreased likelihood of causing dependency problems.
6. Find A Shoulder To Lean On – Finally, you shouldn’t have to go through your rehab and recovery alone. If you are struggling with any aspect of your recovery after a work injury, find someone to talk to. Open up to your doctor about your reservations about painkillers, talk to your workers’ compensation lawyer about challenges you’re facing during rehab, or simply vent your frustrations to a family member or friend. Bottling these emotions up can put you in a fragile mental and emotional state, which can lead to decreased rehabilitation results.
There are other things you’ll want to keep in mind during your rehab from a construction injury, but those are the basics. For help with any of the tips, or to talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer about your injury, reach out to Dean Margolis today.
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