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Family History of Injured Workers

There is often a discrepancy between the injury as it is reported and the injury as it is retold by the employee.

Injuries reported or summarized by the surgeon often simply state that a patient sustain a specific injury with little or no detail as to context of the injury.

What is more important:

Does the injured worker believe that the injury:

Àô was preventable and occurred because of the carelessness of others

Àô was due to poor safety standards or protective equipment

Àô occurred on machinery that patient feels he/she should not have been working

Àô resulted from being _forced_ to work extra hours or the wrong shift

And/or does the worker feel:

Àô obstructed (or unassisted) in getting timely care

Àô poor quality-of-care was provided

Àô that he/she was actively discouraged from reporting the event

Does the injured worker sense that he/she is

Àô unsupported by superiors once injured

Àô not being offered transitional duty work although it is available

Àô now a target of disciplinary action designed to terminate employment

When the patient believes that one or more of these are occurring, recovery slows or halts. The recovery process begins when these are identified and addressed.

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