Mental and emotional injuries are very real harms that can occur in the course of a person’s employment. Traumatic events can happen in the workplace just as easily as they can happen anywhere else. Workers who witness a major accident can suffer psychiatric injuries just as the people involved in the accident may suffer physical injuries. Other extreme events that occur while an employee is performing their job duties can cause lasting psychological harm that makes it impossible for the employee to return to work immediately. Contrary to popular belief, these mental injuries can be covered under workers’ compensation. However, it is likely to take a skilled attorney to get you the assistance you deserve after a workplace psychological injury.
When is a Mental or Emotional Injury Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
After a workplace psychological injury, you are likely to need treatment and time to recover. Your lawyer will need to show that your mental injury was directly caused by something that happened at work, typically a traumatic event. This includes situations like:
Co-occurring physical injury - If you also experienced a physical injury during the traumatic event that caused your psychological harm, your attorney may have an easier time proving that you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Often, a physical injury will heal before the emotional side of the injury does. You may have PTSD or a more acute post-trauma concern after a frightening workplace injury....