Suffering a back injury can result in chronic pain and discomfort. For many individuals, there is an impact on both personal and working life. If your job involves doing strenuous work, a back injury may prevent you from continuing that role.
There are several ways that a serious spinal injury can affect career opportunities. Any job involving long hours, heavy lifting, dexterity and mobility can put a strain on the back. Although your spirit may be willing, constant pain and discomfort will make it difficult to remain in work or hamper hopes of progression.
Speak to Your Employer
Your employer can make reasonable adjustments in the workplace. The majority of employers will try to accommodate an injured employee in any way possible. However, there is only so much that your employer can do to help you continue in your current role.
Alternatively, an employer can work with you to find a more suitable role, reduce your workload or change your hours. It is important to have an honest discussion about your challenges and limitations. As a valuable asset to the company, it is in the employer’s best interests to retain you as a member of the team.
Changing Career Paths
If your current career is impossible to continue after a back injury, it is never too late to take a new path. There are various industries and professions that are better suited to individuals who have suffered a back injury. Your doctor and rehabilitation team can help you determine which jobs will least exacerbate your pain.
When strenuous jobs are out, it is time to consider a less taxing career. Any job that is based in an office environment is a good fit for back injury sufferers. Most companies provide ergonomics training that is designed to educate employees on areas such as proper posture, taking breaks away from the computer and how to adjust office chairs for better comfort.
Other careers that may benefit individuals with chronic back pain include freelance writing from home, photography, compliance officer or small business owner. Transitioning to a new career can be a difficult process, so it is important to consider all your options and consider seeking advice from an occupational therapist.
Compensation for a Back Injury
When a back injury has affected your ability to earn a living, you may be able to seek compensation. In most cases, a back injury results from some kind of accident. A consultation with a personal injury lawyer can help you establish whether or not another individual or entity was responsible for your accident. Compensation in a personal injury claim can replace lost earnings, both past and future.
If you are struggling to work after an accident that resulted in a back injury, Ligori & Ligori, Attorneys at Law would like to hear from you. Call our Tampa offices to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. We are committed to helping you achieve the compensation you deserve.
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