A spinal cord injury at work can be devastating because it impacts your family life, as well as your work life. Depending on what type of job you have, you might not be able to continue working after the accident. This is tragic because it means that you will lose your source of support and all your previous hard work is for naught since you can't continue your career.
There are many different things about a spinal cord injury that can lead to life impacts. Understanding these can give you a sense of the limitations and abilities you may face when it comes to work and, possibly, the rest of your life.
Higher level injuries have greater impacts
The higher the level of the injury, the more it is likely to impact you. Some people are still able to work when they have lower injuries. This is usually possible if they have a desk job that doesn't require a lot of standing or walking. Higher level injuries might make it difficult to impossible to use your arms and hands, which would make it hard to do most jobs.
By law, there are many accommodations that employers must make if you have a disability. These will come into the picture if you are able to work again after the accident, so make sure that you find out what applies to your case.
Therapy can help
Physical therapy and occupational therapy can facilitate ways to cope with your injuries. These options can provide with the tools you need to learn how to maximize your abilities. You might be able to get help with finding accommodations that will allow you to do things similar to what you were able to do before the accident.
Typically, it is recommended that people who have a spinal cord injury start therapy as soon as possible. Since therapy is progressive, it is possible for victims to start the program soon after the injury and slowly work up to their maximum potential.
It isn't easy to come back after a spinal cord injury and if unable to work, you may need to find another way to financially support yourself. Filing for disability may be a viable option.