Orthopedic injuries can affect your mental health

Accidents can happen at virtually any type of job in North Carolina. Non-fatal collisions and falls can damage muscles, ligaments and tendons. Recovering from orthopedic injuries is often a slow process. Not everyone heals fully. In some cases, physical capacity remains impaired. At The Bollinger Law Firm, PC., we often represent clients injured on the job file workers’ compensation claims. 

According to Dignity Health, compromised independence due to injury often contributes to mental health issues. The following are among the most common conditions that occur as a result of orthopedic trauma. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder may occur in people who experience severe injury. It can cause intense and recurring fear. Although PTSD typically resolves in six to eight weeks, recovery is not easy. If you experience issues or it does not resolve, the doctor may not clear you for work, especially if your regular job duties can result in a repeat of the original accident. 

Panic disorder affects individuals after a fear-inducing event. Stress and anxiety can prevent an injured worker from functioning normally. Although the symptoms usually subside with time, a medical professional may prescribe counseling or medication if they do not. 

Depression severity can vary from one person to another. It can affect physical recovery, depending on the seriousness of the injury or permanent impairment. The condition is treatable but may affect whether you can return to your job. 

The mental side of recovery is essential to recover physically. If you sustain injuries related to your job, an experienced attorney can help you navigate the process of filing a workers’ compensation or third-party claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic. 


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