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Work Injuries and Suicide

Wilmington workers’ compensation lawyers support those suffering from lost-time injuries that may lead to suicide.Suffering an injury at work can be a very stressful time for you and your family. Not only are you missing valuable time and wages, but the injury itself puts stress on your body and could mean weeks, months, or even years of rehabilitation. Some people who have suffered a work injury may force themselves to rush back to work and ignore medical treatment, forgoing the necessary healing their body needs to work at full capacity. This could make one unproductive at work or at home; it can lead to poorer health, depression, or an overall well-being that is worse than it was before the injury. Now, a recent study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine reveals that men and women who have suffered a workplace injury are at a higher risk of suicide or a drug-related overdose.

Study Background

The study, performed by researchers at Boston University, followed over 100,000 workers in New Mexico between the years 1994 and 2000, all of whom had suffered a lost-time injury. A lost-time injury is described as an injury serious enough to cause one to lose at least one week of work or an injury that would eventually lead to disability. According to the study, a man who has suffered a lost-time injury is 50 percent more likely to suffer suicide or a drug-related death. It is worse for women; the study revealed that the risk of suicide or overdose triples for a woman with a lost-time injury.

More specifically, men who lost work because of an injury were 72 percent more likely to die by suicide, and 29 percent more likely to succumb to an overdose. Alternatively, women are 92 percent more likely to die by suicide after a lost-time injury, and 193 percent more at risk to die by drug use. Women with a past work injury are also at a higher risk to suffer a premature death.

Over the years, the safety and health of the employees has become ever increasingly important. Employers are providing better safety equipment, implementing safety guidelines and plans, and have held training programs to educate their workers the importance of safety.

But even with all the safety instructions and programs, workplace injuries will happen. The results of the study show how imperative it is to seek proper medical treatment in order to recover fully after suffering a lost-time injury. Rushing back to work and ignoring your injury can only compound the problem.

It is equally important to notify your employer should an injury occur, so that you would receive the full Workers’ Compensation benefits that are legally afforded to you. Let your employer know if your injury requires more time and therapy. If you suffer from depression or substance abuse because of your injury and lost time, seek the necessary help and treatment. Your employer only wants you back if you are healthy and ready to work at your best capacity.

Wilmington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Support Those Suffering from Lost-Time Injuries

You should never feel that you have to prioritize work over your own health. If you suffered an injury at work and you need the right treatment and time to recover fully, contact the Wilmington Workers’ Compensation lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. Our knowledgeable and experienced lawyers can help you and your family get the maximum compensation you deserve. Call us today at 302-888-1221 or complete our online contact form for a free consultation. From our offices in Wilmington, we represent injured workers in Dover, Middletown, Newark, and throughout Delaware.