How to Maintain a Thriving Career after a Debilitating Injury

 

Sometimes accidents happen. Whether you work in a particularly dangerous occupation or not, whether you were injured at work or not, debilitating injuries can take a massive toll on your career. But it is possible to maintain a thriving career after a debilitating injury. Here are some of your options.

 

Do What Physical Therapists Recommend

 

Physical therapy is absolutely critical to regaining control of your life after an injury. Following their instructions and working hard at gaining back mobility and function in your new state will make it much easier for you to adjust back into your job after an injury. If you retain as much mobility as you can and learn to adjust to your new state, you can likely perform your desk job just as well from a wheelchair, for example.

 

Consider a Career Shift

 

If you can no longer perform your current career due to an injury, you might be able to take a different job within your company with different responsibilities. For example, if you have major nerve damage and no longer can work well with your hands, see if you can be moved to a more managerial position. This way, you can remain with your current company and still bring all your knowledge to the table, just in a slightly different role. It might even be a promotion.

 

Take Advantage of Workers' Comp and Disability Insurance

 

Having opted to enroll in disability insurance can help you maintain your life post-injury. Long-term disability can afford you decent income protection—sometimes for just a few years and sometimes until you reach a certain age. If you need to file a workers' compensation claim but are getting blowback from your employer, you may have to contact a professional attorney from Oxner + Permar LLC. or a similar firm who can steer you through the workers' compensation claim process so you get the most out of it.

 

Do Something Different You've Always Wanted to Do

 

Your job can define your identity, and suddenly not being able to do it anymore can be a massive emotional blow in addition to the physical disability. This can be heartbreaking if you truly loved your job and it was your passion, but it can also open other doors. A debilitating injury that prevents you from working where you do, for example, might be the catalyst you need to start that new business you've always dreamt of.

 

Debilitating injuries don't have to be the end of a thriving career. Whether this means you end up changing careers entirely, moving to a different position in the same company or simply working hard to be in control of your new state, you can do it. Be sure to understand your new strengths and limitations, as well as take advantage of any help offered to you, and you can very easily maintain an amazing career.

 

By: Ani O.

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