Quality of life can be defined as the general well-being of yourself and the community in which you live. An injury sustained on the job may affect your quality of life by limiting your ability to do things you enjoy, causing you physical and emotional pain. There are several factors that contribute to your quality of life, all of which may be affected by a work-related injury.
One of the biggest factors of your quality of life is your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. If you are hurt on the job and are unable to participate in the activities you enjoy, the emotional and spiritual pain you feel may be just as damaging as your physical injury.
Family life is another important factor in your quality of life. If your work-related injury affects the relationships you have with your family members, your quality of life may decline significantly. This will also contribute to your emotional well-being.
Your role in your community can be a determining factor in your quality of life. If you are a dedicated member of a church or support group and unable to attend gatherings or participate at the level in which you were previously involved due to an on-the-job injury, you may suffer additional loss of quality of life.
If you are hurt on the job and unable to work, any lost wages can cause financial stress and affect your quality of life. Job security and financial stability are another determining factor in your quality of life, and can be significantly jeopardized by a work-related injury.
Unfortunately, in the state of South Carolina, the Workers' Compensation Commission does not take pain, suffering, or loss of quality of life into account when determining the amount of compensation for a work-related injury. However, you should speak to a knowledgeable South Carolina workers' compensation attorney about the severity of your injury to help get the most money at the conclusion of your claim. The experienced attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are well-practiced in this area and are available to help you with your workers' compensation claim.