On the job injuries can happen every day regardless of the kind of work you perform. Certainly, some jobs carry a greater risk than others, but even minor injuries can leave an employee unable to do his or her job. It is for that reason a structure for workers’ compensation has been developed. However, when a worker is hurt, the physical injury itself may inflict only a small portion of the suffering- psychological harm can play a big role, as well.
In fact, depression can be a considerable factor in work-related injuries, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After examining 368,000 workers who were hurt on the job, they determined those workers were at a 45% greater risk of being diagnosed with depression within three months of the injury. These workers faced episodic mood disorder, prolonged depressive reaction, affective personality disorder, and/or adjustment disorder with depressed mood.
There is much stress associated with being unable to work in addition to the stress of not knowing when you’ll be able to resume your job. Several factors pertaining to depression and work-related injuries can influence an hurt worker’s psychological condition including:
- The physical pain of the injury
- Multiple injury-related hospital or doctor visits
- Stress of filing for workers’ compensation benefits
- Worry about subsequent financial hardship
One of the greatest hurdles injured workers face is toleration and a willingness to diagnose and treat the corresponding mental health issues. Expense and social stigma are two of the biggest prohibitive factors.
Treatment cost for both employee and employer was examined in the CDC study. It was determined that treatment costs for outpatient depression care of injured workers was 63% greater than that for non-injured workers. Additionally, these costs are not always covered by workers’ compensation, leaving physically and emotionally injured workers to fend for themselves or disregard the problem completely.
However, ignoring the situation is simply not feasible. In the long term, it will be more cost-effective for employers to address the psychological needs of their employees head-on. Also, from a philanthropic point of view it demonstrates a greater deal of compassion by employers to help their injured workers deal with the mental pain of on the job injuries. Simply stated, a considerable amount of the depression injured workers experience could be thwarted if, as a society, we acknowledge the problem exists.
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