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When someone is hurt while working, their life may be adversely impacted in many ways. They may struggle with an overwhelming amount of physical pain and they could be unable to participate in physical activities they enjoy. Sometimes, these injuries create lifelong problems, while others create short-term hardships. Outside of the physical and mental challenges that may come with a workplace accident, these injuries can be devastating from a financial angle as well. If you were hurt while performing your job, it is important to be aware of the different ways your finances could be affected and know which options you have.

For starters, work-related injuries can force employees to take time off of work, regardless of whether or not they want to. Missing work can bring on financial difficulties and this is certainly not the only reason why work accidents can be so difficult from a financial point of view. Medical bills can be very costly, and some injured workers may struggle with costs associated with rehabilitation.

Furthermore, these injuries can leave a worker permanently unable to return to a particular field ever again. For example, someone whose career involved a great deal of physical effort may never be able to return to their former line of work, necessitating the change of career paths to a field which may not be as lucrative.

Fortunately, many injured workers have options such as workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help in terms of immediate and long-term financial needs and many workers have been able to recover in all ways thanks to this resource.