Suffering a catastrophic injury is life-changing. At Palace Law, we recognize that each person recovers from their injuries, both physical as well as mental, differently. It is for this reason that we have put together the following list of resources that may be useful to you during your time of need and recovery. The following articles and resources are only a starting place. We are happy to pass on to you information that we have found through providers that we work with, research on the internet and organizations that we are involved in. The resources below continue to grow and we will add to them as we find articles and resources of value to you.
Mindfulness involves deliberately focusing on what we are experiencing, thinking or feeling in the present moment, without negatively judging our experiences. We can learn mindfulness by becoming more aware of where we are focusing our attention. The article “Five Simple Steps to Learn Mindfulness That Really Work” provides a fantastic mindfulness exercise to get you more in touch with what it is you are feeling.
This author talks about his tendency to the free-floating, generalized kind of fear that lends a nervous edge to every thought, often accompanied by heart palpitations, gut-churning, and a general jumpiness that makes it hard to rest.
The psychological effects of even short-term disabilities, pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, and anxiety regarding an ability to return to work can be severe - sometimes even causing depression. The new study “Depression “Tweaks” Disappointment Circuit in Brain” shows that people with depression process information more negatively than healthy people.
Loss of work, injuries and being stuck in a system that leaves you feeling helpless can bring on feelings of fear and anxiety for many. The article “Befriending Fear: Working with Worry and Anxiety” talks about learning how to work with fear and anxiety.
Meditation for beginners! To know more on how to quiet the mind, read the article “Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Quieting the Mind.”
Watch the Jon Kabat-Zinn Video Series on Mindful.org for short videos about the benefits of mindfulness for people with disabilities or injuries, from Jon Kabat-Zinn.
A new study titled “Treating Chronic Pain with Meditation” from The Atlantic suggests meditation could help alleviate chronic pain. This is a great practice for the people who come to us with work injuries & personal injuries that leave them in pain 24/7!
As many as a third of Americans suffer from chronic pain—a full third! If you're one of those people for whom low back pain, headaches, arthritis, or one of a long list of other conditions makes daily life a struggle, these nine experiences probably ring way too true.
Physical pain is unavoidable after injury, but meditation practice can ease the mental suffering that often accompanies it. This article teaches you how.
“What makes us miserable is not awareness of our present moment experience, but an aversion to it. Practicing mindfulness (which I define as caring attention to our present moment experience) can help ease both physical and mental suffering.”
“This approach is very different from what our brains naturally do when we experience the physiological sensation of pain. Our minds typically launch into a litany of judgments and negative thoughts. According to Goldstein, we start ruminating about how much we hate the pain and want to wish it away.”
A study titled “Mindfulness meditation helps fight insomnia, improves sleep” shows that mindfulness meditation can help fight insomnia and improve sleep. If your injury is making it difficult to sleep, or your worries are keeping you up at night, try this.
Anyone who has experienced insomnia knows that it does not just impact your sleep. The lack of sleep, and poor quality of the sleep you are able to get results in sleep deprivation.
When your body and mind are deprived of the sleep they need, you are vulnerable to experience a variety of symptoms affecting a wide-range of physiological symptoms. Alterations in mood and a general difficulty performing everyday tasks are also common.
Not getting enough sleep? Did you know that your daily routine - from the moment you wake up in the morning to when you get into bed at night - impacts the quality of your sleep?
Insomnia often follows an injury. Without enough sleep, risks go up for car accidents, diabetes and heart disease, depression, and unwanted weight. And performance goes down in paying attention, learning, and staying motivated. Plus, it just feels bad to be foggy, groggy, tired, and irritable...
Many of your daily habits likely play a bigger role in your nightly struggles than you think. Both our ability to fall asleep, and the quality of sleep we have are highly dependent on a variety of external and internal stimuli.
Insomnia and sleep disturbance is so common among injured workers. There are simple ways to sleep better. Read “5 Steps to Wind Down and Fall Asleep” to know more.
Here’s what to do during your waking hours for a better night’s sleep
Your depression can push you towards thinking negatively. To know more, read the article “Depression “Tweaks” Disappointment Circuit in Brain ...”
If you have the mobility, depression is improved from mild exercise. Read what this article “Depression and Anxiety: Exercise Eases Symptoms” has to say to help you get motivated.
When people suffer from injuries or have a sudden accident, it can turn their life upside down. The article “How to Cope with Sudden Illness or Disability” provides great insight on how to deal with unexpected injury or disability.
How to gain freedom from styles of thinking that don’t serve us and keep us stuck in stress, anxiety, depression, and even addictive behaviors.
“I Lost a Hand and This Is Workman’s Comp…I Didn’t Lose a Hook!” is an account of what Dennis Whedbee had to face after he lost his arm on a North Dakota oil rig.
States have been slashing workers’ compensation. Read more in the article, “Alabama Bill Would Increase Workers’ Comp Benefits for Amputees.”
Reforms in workers’ compensation laws have made it difficult for many workers to keep up with their treatments. To learn how it is affecting the people, read, “Employers and Insurers Gain Control in Workers’ Compensation Disputes.”
Read some of the stories that injured workers share in the article, “The Fallout of Workers’ Comp ‘Reforms’: 5 Tales of Harm” published on March 25, 2015
Read about Ramirez and his fight with a company that withdrew his 24-hour home health care in the article, “California Auditing Insurance Company That Took Away Home Health Aide.”
Read more about how workers’ compensation varies from state to state and how it impacts the injured in the article, “As Workers’ Comp varies From State To State, Workers Pay the Price.”
Are workplace injuries linked to income inequality? Read the article “Federal Regulators Link Workers’ Comp Failures To Income Inequality” to know more.
Changing workers’ compensation laws are putting more of the costs back onto the families and government. To know more read the article, “Grand Bargain’ In Workers’ Comp Unravels, Harming Injured Workers Further.”
Learn how workers’ compensation varies from state to state and how that is affecting the injured in the article, “How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work.”
Workers’ benefits for the same limb can differ from state to state. To know which state pays what kind of amount, check out this article, “Workers’ Comp Benefits: How Much is a Limb Worth?”
Learn about how changes in workers’ compensation have been affecting thousands in the article, “The Demolition of Workers’ Comp.”
Find out more about how workers' compensation reforms differ from state to state read the article “Workers’ Compensation Reforms by State.”
Read about the decreasing state of the workers’ compensation even when employers are complaining of rising premiums in the article, “Employers Complain of Rising Premiums, But Workers’ Comp Is at 25- Year Low.”
Find out how new state laws affect workers’ compensation in the article, “Injured Workers Suffer As “Reforms” Limit Workers’ Compensation Benefits.”
State-regulated systems are supposed to pay medical bills and lost wages when workers are injured on the job. Earlier this year, NPR and ProPublica reported that dozens of states have either cut workers' comp benefits or made them more difficult to get. And here's what's new today: Employers in two states are dumping out of workers' comp completely and providing fewer benefits.
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