When you sustain an injury such as those caused by an accident at work most people and companies think about the immediate effects. The loss of earnings from the time off you need, the hospital stays and the treatment of your work injuries.
One aspect which most people don’t think about is the psychological and emotional impact of an accident at work especially if the work accident causes scarring injuries.
Why is it important to consider the emotional and psychological impact from a work injury?
If an accident at work causes the employee to become physically scarred this then becomes a constant reminder of that event. If this accident at work was particularly traumatic this could bring up bad memories every time they look at the scar.
As well as this, scars can make it harder to get over the work injury and move on with life. It is a constant reminder of the past and if it is especially prominent it can make the worker insecure or self conscious at showing off that part of them.
If the scar from the work injury is on an exposed part of the body which is always on show, such as the face or hand, this can be especially traumatising as they may feel paranoid of others staring and judging.
How to help someone with a work injury with the psychological and emotional side
If you feel that you or someone you know who has had an accident at work which has left them scarred is struggling the first thing you should do is talk to them? Discuss your concerns with them and ask them how they feel. If they are struggling to cope with their work injury scar then advise them to seek medical help.
This help could be in the form of a cosmetic surgeon, who may be able to reduce the visibility of the scar, or it could a counsellor to help the worker come to terms with their scarring.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you or someone you know has had an accident at work within the last three years that wasn’t their fault, you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about how to make an accident at work claim.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice