If you suffered a lower-back injury on the job, it might continue to flare up for the rest of your life. You might begin to wonder how this will affect you as time goes on. One specific worry you may have involves whether it puts you at risk for other injuries at work or increases your overall mortality rate.

Unfortunately, there is a good reason for this anxiety. The CDC reports that injuries involving the lower back that led to missed days at work led to higher mortality rates than people who did not need to miss four or more days from work.

Correlation between disabilities and mortality

Virtually all disabilities correlate with higher mortality rates. Two studies referenced by the CDC confirmed this and the reasons are obvious. If people struggle with pain, poor eyesight, poor hearing, severed limbs or other disabilities, the chances of making a mistake or getting injured again at work increase.

Medications associated with treating disabilities, such as pain medications, may also make this problem worse. Because of all these factors, the effects of disabilities then begin to compound.

Workers’ compensation protects everyone

When you get the compensation you need to make a full recovery away from job sites, you are in a much better position to safeguard yourself and others. Note that injuries tend to become worse when left untreated and you continue to stress the affected body part.

However, when the affected area gets time to heal, it heals better and might lead to no later disabilities. Staying at home during this healing process also reduces the likelihood of new accidents that could even involve other workers.

If you get injured on the job, put your health first and follow the doctor’s orders. Failing to do so can cost you economic freedom and long-term health in the years ahead.