More Americans are on disability than ever before. That’s especially the case for people working manual labor jobs, as they’re often at higher risk for receiving an injury that could put them out of work for months, or even years.
Sadly, some conditions can become so severe that they may need SSDI coverage to provide financial support for themselves and their families.
While people’s circumstances vary, these are some common reasons manual labor workers may need to go on disability:
- Neck or spine injuries: People who work in factories and warehouses are no stranger to neck and spine damage. Consistently lifting heavy packages or machine parts during long shifts can put substantial strain on a person’s back, even if they’re lifting correctly. Unfortunately, this constant strain can make it more difficult for people to work. If they try to ignore their pain, it could only exacerbate their condition.
- Amputated limbs: Even with ample safety training, manual labor workers can still face a high risk of losing limbs due to technological malfunctions. Whether their arm gets caught on a conveyor belt or a massive enough object lands on their foot, they may lose function from that part of their body as a result. Sadly, this can substantially limit their ability to work and may require them to go under extensive surgery and physical therapy.
- Exposure to chemical toxins: If factory employees are working with toxic materials, they may develop some type of cancer over time. If that’s the case, they may not be able to work as they undergo treatment.
People deserve to recover from their conditions
Facing any injury can create a substantial hardship for anyone. While workers’ compensation in Ohio lasts for two years, some injuries may be so severe that employers may not be willing to provide coverage beyond that point. If that’s the case, workers may want to look at going on SSDI to get the financial support they need.