When dealing with chronic pain after a work-related accident, there will likely be a long road to travel if you even have the ability to return to work. Many on the job injuries result in chronic pain that lasts for years or forever. The pain may be ongoing but not severe enough to put you out of work on permanent disability. You may be able to return to work on a lighter duty but the complications of chronic pain treatment can hamper your capabilities and put your employment in jeopardy.
If you have experiencing chronic pain following an accident at work, you may be referred to a pain management specialist who will be able to create a detailed plan for managing the pain and trying to live as normal a life as possible. Part of this treatment may involve medications or injections which leave you in a state where working isn’t possible and you have to call off. Ongoing medication treatments including opiates may pose a risk to the safety of everyone on the job if it compromises your ability to make decisions or perform your job.
While under a pain management specialist’s care, you may be limited to the tasks you can perform or be compromised by medications. It is wise speak with your management supervisor when you come under the care of a pain management specialist. The provider can better advise you as to limitations on the job you may have due to your chronic pain.
Work injuries can be devastating and recovery can be longer than you anticipated, especially when left to deal with the effects of chronic pain for an extended period of time or for the rest of your life. It is best to have the guidance of an experienced workers compensation attorney when navigating claims involving chronic pain inducing injuries. Contact our legal team toll free at 877-799-3918 or use our online contact form for more information.