Today, individuals are working hard not only with the tasks that they are given in their jobs, but ultimately are working hard just to make sure that they still have a job at the end of the day. Due to the recession, many individuals are being let go from employment more easily each day, and are not being able to find work that has an adequate amount of pay. Unfortunately, many individuals not only suffer financially as an individual, but their overall families do as well. However, due to this people are over looking some work place injuries and turning to prescription drugs to dismiss the pain. Yet, this is causing more hurt than help for employees.
The Problem At Hand
The majority of Americans today have been given a pain medication whether it was from their doctor, or from their parent. Medications such as Ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve are all medications that you can find at your local grocery store that are all there to alleviate pain. These usually have very little negative side effects if taken properly. However, if your pain is usually not affected by the medication you usually seek medical attention from a doctor. One pain medication that is commonly used today after many medical procedures, or given to patients experiencing discomfort is OxyContin. This drug, and those similar to it are very strong, and also addictive medications.
Yet, why would someone who is in pain take these and continue to work? Many people are under the impression today that when they are hurt, or experience a worker’s compensation incident that they will eventually be let go from employment due to the injury. From there, they get the idea to simply take the medication and push through the pain and keep going in hope that the injury will eventually heal itself. Studies show that when OxyContin was used in this type of situation that not only did employees have higher medical costs in the long run of things, but their efficiency and performance in their job was significantly lower.
When you are injured on the job it is extremely important that you take the time to take care of the injury in whatever way is needed to treat it. If not you could have life long pain, and ultimately have injuries, and disorders for the rest of your life. When you are injured on the job please contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney in order to help you get the damages you truly deserve.
Changes are constantly made within the field of employment, so if you plan on filing a workman’s compensation claim, it would be best to seek professional help. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the law and knows how to make it work for you. Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law specializes in these types of case. He provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at their offices in Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Call today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.