The relationship between pain and harm

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2023 | Construction Accidents

Construction workers in New York face a number of hazards on the job. For instance, they may be at risk of being hit with falling objects, falling from heights or being pierced by nails. In many cases, pain is used as a method of determining the severity of an injury. However, this may not be the most accurate measuring tool.

Your mind may play tricks

Pain is a tool used by your brain to help protect you from further injury. Primarily, it is used to alert you to the fact that something is wrong and that you need to seek help immediately. Of course, your brain is relying on information from your other senses as well as other context clues to figure out if something is wrong. For instance, if you see a nail sticking out of your foot, you may assume that you have suffered a serious injury, which may elicit a response from your body.

Seek treatment

As pain alone can’t tell you if you are hurt, seek treatment after any sort of construction accident. Doing so may prevent you from spending days with a nail inches from your cerebral cortex or from ignoring a potential concussion or internal bleed until the problem escalates. Seeking treatment may also be necessary as it can create a paper trail for a future workers’ compensation or personal injury claim.

If you are injured while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. Medical records, witness statements and other lines of evidence may be used to prove that you were injured while performing tasks for your employer. It may also prove that the accident was not the result of impairment or horseplay.