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How construction back injuries can prevent a normal life

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2024 | Construction Accidents, Workers' Compensation

Construction is a demanding and physically strenuous profession. It often exposes workers to various occupational hazards.

Back injuries are among the most prevalent and debilitating. In New Jersey, these injuries can have a profound impact on an individual’s ability to lead a normal life.

Persistent pain

Construction back injuries can result in persistent pain that permeates every aspect of a person’s daily routine. Simple tasks, such as bending, lifting or even sitting for prolonged periods, become excruciatingly challenging. This persistent pain affects a worker’s ability to perform job duties and spills over into their personal life. It hinders activities that they once took for granted.

Restricted mobility

Back injuries often restrict mobility. Construction workers who once navigated job sites with agility may struggle to move comfortably. This restricted mobility also hinders engagement in recreational activities, further isolating the individual from a normal, active lifestyle.

Impact on employment

The consequences of construction back injuries extend beyond physical discomfort. They can also result in significant time away from work. Many workers may face extended periods of disability, impacting their ability to earn a livelihood. The financial strain from lost wages can lead to stress and anxiety, compounding the overall impact on the individual’s well-being. New Jersey is a top-paying state for construction laborers, who earn a mean of $31.53 per hour.

Emotional toll

Many people underestimate the emotional toll of construction back injuries. Chronic pain, limited mobility and the challenges of employment can lead to feelings of frustration, depression and helplessness.

Strained relationships

The repercussions of construction back injuries can extend beyond the individual, affecting relationships with family and friends. The emotional and physical toll may strain interpersonal connections. For example, the injured worker may struggle to fulfill family responsibilities or participate in social activities.

Construction back injuries in New Jersey go beyond the physical realm, affecting various aspects of an individual’s life. Addressing these issues requires a comprehensive approach to help individuals regain a sense of normalcy in their lives.