The most common type of workers’ compensation claims arise because of a physical injury, but claiming compensation for psychological injuries may be just as valid. This type of claim is very rare, with only one percent of workers’ compensation cases falling under that description, but that does not mean that you shouldn’t make a claim for your work-related psychological injury.
Though some are more common than others, this descriptive list of work-related psychological injuries should help get you started with your claim.
Clinical depression can arise as a result of many different work-related factors. For example, if you’ve contracted a work-related injury, you could easily develop depression because of your resulting financial stress or inability to work, or you may feel depressed because of extreme and undue stress from the job.
See your doctor about feelings of depression to discuss treatment options. If you have no prior history of depression, your doctor may rule that your depression came about because of work, entitling you to a workers’ compensation claim. To learn more about the debilitating effects of depression in the workplace as well as your options for compensation, see this article.
If you feel an inappropriate amount of stress in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. Because this particular form of psychological injury is very difficult to prove in a court of law, many do not attempt to make it even though it is a valid claim. However, keep in mind your rights and know that your chances of winning a workers’ compensation case heighten if your psychological injury has caused a physical injury, such as an ulcer, from the workplace-induced stress.
A common type of psychological injury often results if you have seen or experienced a particularly traumatic event in the workplace. Perhaps you saw a co-worker killed while operating machinery, and you now harbor a debilitating fear of performing regular work. Other examples may include slight PTSD following a work-related accident in which you may or may not have been harmed. Any of these cases may put you in a position to receive repayment.
As you prepare to file your psychological workers’ compensation claim, consider the following pieces of advice: