Workplace injuries can be quite serious and debilitating. It isn’t as easy as just sitting home and collecting workers’ comp.
Workers’ compensation covers just two-thirds of your pay. So if you currently make $500 per week, that’s about to become $330 per week. Ask yourself, will you be able to buy groceries, make car payments, purchase fuel, cover rent and other essentials when you’re making a fraction of what you do now?
Being sidelined with injury can hurt your career. The average amount of work time lost to injury by young workers in Montana is 17 weeks. That’s a long time. You could miss a chance at a promotion, lose out on a bonus or even lose a seasonal job entirely.
Serious injuries have enduring consequences. Certain kinds of incidents such as back, brain or eye injuries radically change people’s lives. You’ll spend more on health care. You may have to purchase special needs equipment. You’ll be physically unable to perform certain kinds of jobs. A young worker could easily lose more than a million dollars during his lifetime because of one false move at work.
Trying Out Injuries
Want to know what’s like to have an injury temporarily or for a lifetime? Try these exercises.
Take your middle three fingers and tape them down to your palm. Then pull out a jar of jam and try to open it with that hand. Tough, isn’t it? Now when you eat breakfast before work, look at your fingers and think, “Let’s be safe today.”
We’re guessing you don’t think twice about dressing for work in the morning. If you lose the function of an arm, that’ll change. Don’t believe us? Tie your dominant arm to your side and try putting on and buttoning your shirt. Don’t think it’ll happen to you? Falls, trips and equipment accidents are all common causes of paralyzing spine injuries.
You’ll poke your eye out – a warning famously spouted by mothers everywhere. Well, mothers are pretty smart. Losing an eye impacts depth perception and peripheral vision, which can greatly inhibit your ability to play sports, drive or perform certain kinds of jobs. See for yourself, cover your dominant eye with a patch or hand and have a buddy stand off to that side of you while you look straight ahead. Now, have him throw a Nerf football to you. You won’t know it’s coming till it hits you.