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When Mental Illness Merits Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Can I Get Workers’ Comp for Mental Health Problems?

Yes. However, it tends to be more difficult to recover workers’ compensation for psychiatric injuries than for physical injuries because the burden of proof is different. According to the California Labor Code § 3208.3 (2018), there are a few things you must prove when filing a workers’ compensation claim for a psychological issue, including:

  • You have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to standard evaluation procedures.
  • Your mental health issue is primarily a result of the circumstances, duties, etc. of your job.
  • You have been at your job for 6 months or more OR your mental health issue was caused by a sudden, traumatic event or new condition at work.
  • Your work-related mental health issue has caused you to need medical treatment.
  • Your psychiatric injury has kept you from coming to work and/or prevented you from performing the duties of your job.

Should any of the above be the case, you will need help making sure you file your workers’ compensation claim correctly, in order to avoid errors and minimize the likelihood that you will be denied benefits. If you find yourself depressed, anxious, or experiencing the signs of any other work-related psychiatric injury, call Humphrey & Associates today—our workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help.

We Have Served Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire for 20+ Years

Our leading attorney, Kevin Humphrey, Esq., founded Humphrey & Associates in efforts to provide injured workers with the representation they need to obtain the compensation they deserve. We understand how challenging it can be to prove that your injury merits workers’ compensation payment, and we are prepared to make sure your suffering is not overlooked. If you are in Los Angeles, Orange County, or the Inland Empire and you are experiencing mental health struggles as a result of your job responsibilities, work environment, etc., connect with a member of our seasoned legal team today.

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