Workers’ Compensation and Mental Illness
Mental health conditions are recognized as legitimate injuries. You may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits if you have developed a mental health condition as a result of your work environment, job-related responsibilities, or a harmful workplace incident. Should this happen to you, you must take action right away by talking to your physician and your employer as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may not be eligible to receive the workers’ compensation benefits you need to make up for the harm you have suffered or afford necessary treatments and time to recuperate.
What to Do if You Develop PTSD Because of Your Job
You may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if you have a terrifying experience related to your job. You could become traumatized if you are involved in a frightening attack or accident, exposed to the details of another person’s traumatic experience, or if you witness a traumatic event happening to someone else.
PTSD produces a number of physically and mentally excruciating symptoms, including:
- Repeated flashbacks and invasive memories of the event
- Personality changes resulting in uncharacteristic aggression and anger
- Development of OCD
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering things
- Difficulty sleeping
- Racing thoughts about the traumatic event
- Depression and anxiety
The effects of PTSD are far-reaching and can affect all aspects of your life, including work, school, relationships, physical health, and more. Treating PTSD typically also requires long-term therapy, which can add financially difficulty to injury and make it even more challenging to resume life as normal after the traumatic incident.
Your employer should be held responsible if your PTSD has developed as a result of something that happened while you were working or in your place of work, and you must speak up as soon as possible in order to improve your chances of getting the help you need before your condition worsens or spirals out of control. Connect with an Orange County workers’ compensation attorney right away.
Tough Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving Orange County for 20+ Years
At Humphrey & Associates, we believe in sticking up for injured workers and we understand that the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder constitutes a serious injury. While not every workers’ compensation claim is viable or pursuable, but we are committed to serving workers who have suffered legitimate harm due to workplace incidents, injuries, and unsafe environments. We are headquartered in Anaheim and serve clients throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and the rest of Southern California.
Call (844) 612-5800 today to schedule your free consultation with an Orange County workers’ comp attorney.