Those who work in the railroad industry know that they do a relatively dangerous job. They work around heavy machinery, and trains are notoriously difficult to stop quickly. When things go wrong, workers can be severely injured.
People who are considering these injuries generally just think of the physical ramifications. Someone might have injuries that take months to heal. They may be facing high medical bills, and they may need physical rehabilitation and much more.
But it’s also important to remember that mental distress can be a serious part of a workplace injury. It’s not all about the physical impact the event has on you.
The development of PTSD
For many people, a workplace injury can be one of the most traumatic events of their lives. This could lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD often causes nightmares and flashbacks, and it can lead to avoidance behaviors, which work sort of like a phobia. Essentially, someone who is injured on the job may find that they are no longer able to return to that job site without having terrifying flashbacks or panic attacks.
As you can imagine, something like this can really harm your career even long after your physical injuries have healed. You may need to meet with a therapist or get other types of treatment. You may never be able to return to work, or it could take you months or even years to get to a point where you can.
This can all be expensive and must be considered when you’re thinking about all of your options for potential compensation