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IL job injury lawyerThe brain is an organ and can experience pain and dysfunction like any other. When a person’s mental state is compromised due to work conditions, it should be taken as seriously as an external injury or other internal failure. However, mental illnesses caused by work are difficult to prove when it comes to workers’ compensation and are often questioned because there is no physical ailment.

In the event of an accident at work, or possibly a stressful environment that causes mental illness, workers’ compensation exists to protect workers. Most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance in case their employees get hurt as a result of their employment. If an employee is permanently or temporarily unable to return to work, workers’ compensation would cover the cost of medical care as well as any lost wages.

When looking to file a workers’ compensation claim for a mental illness, you and your attorney must be able to prove that the issue arose because of working conditions or circumstances. This can either be either in your office or work environment or in public on behalf of the company. For example, you could not claim workers’ compensation for getting into a car accident to or from work. That would more likely be a personal injury lawsuit against another party in the accident. However, if you were driving to conduct business on behalf of the company, such as a meeting with a client, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation.

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Kane County personal injury lawyersEach year, approximately 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with some type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI. A sudden blow to the head typically causes such injuries. It is a little more difficult to pin down the number of people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as many are never diagnosed or seek treatment. Experts estimate that somewhere around 8 percent of American adults—or more than 24 million—are afflicted with PTSD.

Those who develop PTSD are often the victims of rape or assault or soldiers who have witnessed intense combat situations. A recent study, however, suggests that TBI victims may also be more likely to develop PTSD than the average person. Such a link could have an effect on accident cases that involve head and brain injuries.

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Kan County workers' compensation attorneysAccording to the National Institute of Mental Health, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, develops in some individuals who have gone through a particularly frightening, shocking, or dangerous experience. The disorder is commonly associated with members of the military who have served in a combat zone, but it is hardly limited to those in the armed forces. PTSD can affect victims of auto accidents, criminal assault, or rape, as well as those who may have witnessed a tragic or horrifying event. It can even result from accidents that occur on the job, which could make the sufferer eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Common Symptoms of PTSD

It is difficult to know for sure how many people suffer from PTSD, as many are reluctant to seek the treatment they need. Estimates, however, place the number of sufferers at around 5.2 million each year in just the United States alone. Those dealing with PTSD may show symptoms that include flashbacks to the triggering event, nightmares, severe depression, “survivor’s guilt,” difficulty concentrating, insomnia, and memory loss. The disorder can also have a serious effect on the sufferer’s family, as his or her behavior may be erratic, unpredictable, and, in some cases, violent.

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