After an injury
Information for family members of workers
with a serious injury
Accidents are sudden and unexpected, and learning
that a family member has been injured is a painful
and traumatic experience. You can expect WorkCover
to work together with you, your loved one and the
treating health professionals to try to keep this
trauma and confusion to a minimum.
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Working together: You and the
hospital’s health professionals
When someone close to you is in the hospital,
it helps if you feel confident they will receive
the best possible care. the first stage of care
involves medical practitioners and other health
professionals who will provide the best treatment
if you are confused or have any questions about
any aspect of your injured family member’s
treatment, you should speak to a social worker
or nurse, or to the doctor in charge. these health
professionals realise that it’s important for you
to understand what is happening so that you
can take an active and helpful role in the process
Getting support for yourself
We understand that coping with the trauma of
an injured loved one is emotional and challenging.
However, it is important that you look after
yourself, so you can provide the best possible
support to your injured family member.
Hospital social workers can advise on how to get
the help you need. You can ask a nurse or other
hospital staff members for an appointment with a
social worker or for a referral to an outside agency.
Working together with the employer
Your loved one’s employer may be a valuable
and helpful member of the support group for
both you and your injured family member, and
they may want to be actively involved through
out the recovery process. You might want to
think about the best way for you and the employer
to actively work together to help your loved one.
Some employers offer family members access to
additional support services such as counselling.