It’s no surprise that a workplace injury or
occupational disease, like one that is life-threatening, can have a significant emotional impact
on a worker. For example, losing an arm or a leg in an industrial accident,
or getting terminal lung cancer from toxic exposure in the workplace can
dramatically impact a person’s quality of life and well-being.
In an effort to help disabled workers better deal with their circumstances,
the New York Workers’ Compensation Board provides social workers
to help workers cope with their situations. When a worker becomes disabled
because of an occupational disease or due to an industrial accident, the
effects can be devastating for the worker and his or her family members,
which is why the Board has services to help.
Common stressors in these cases include:
- The worker’s income is reduced.
- The worker cannot do the things they used to do.
- The worker can’t take care of their children like they did before.
- The worker feels helpless.
- The worker’s permanent disability has changed their professional,
financial, and personal roles, and it hurts.
- The worker feels that the stress of their injury is overwhelming.
When a disabled worker experiences these above challenges, they have access
to professional social workers provided by the Workers’ Compensation
Board. The workers can discuss their difficulties with their social workers
and explore their various solutions.
In addition to social workers, the Board offers rehabilitation and
return to work programs that further assist disabled workers. In most cases, rehabilitation
is voluntary, but in certain situations it is mandatory under WCL §15.3(v).
If you receive workers’ compensation benefits and feel that the social
services and rehabilitation may help you, they are two services that are
What Do I Do If I’m Injured on the Job?
Contact our firm to schedule a consultation with a Long Island workers’ compensation lawyer.