Loss of the ability to exercise can be more valuable than the lost wages from an 8 – 5 job after an injury. Those who incur permanent injuries often suffer an impaired capacity that prevents them from participating in regular exercises.
http://www.dir.ca.gov/DWC/educonf18/AMA/AMA.pdf The U.S. Department of Labor statistics places a dollar figure on the loss of the ability to exercise after an accident. http://www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec/regs/compliance/DFECfolio/FECACirculars/
When people can no longer exercise, there is a marked loss in muscle mass, lung capacity, organ function, blood flow, hormonal imbalance and brain chemistry. Exercise regulates literally dozens of body-brain signals including growth hormones, testosterone, insulin, adrenaline, serotonin, and decreases heart disease. It also stimulates the natural production of endorphins that function as pain killers and mood stabilizers. http://www.cbass.com/YoungerNext.htm. There are also mental benefits such as self-esteem, the reduction of anxiety and depression. http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/worklife/health-wellness/ A worker who chooses to exercise and forgo overtime hourly work, is implicitly placing a value of time-and-a-half on their exertional-exercise activities. Not exercising can reduce your life expectancy by 30 percent. http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/worklife/health-wellness/
In the event you are injured in an accident and should be compensated for loss of the ability to exercise, contact Hafif & Associates for a FREE CONSULTATION. www.hafiflegal.com