Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to suffer from workplace injuries. When this occurs, workers’ compensation will usually cover any associated expenses and lost wages. However, while this is true for physical injuries, it’s very rare for mental disorders caused by the workplace.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can occur when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It is often characterized by nightmares or flashbacks, feelings of anxiety, and avoidance of similar situations to the incident.
Common Causes of PTSD
Workers in certain occupations more commonly experience PTSD, though it can occur in any occupation. Common causes of PTSD include:
- Car crashes
- Trench collapses
Workers in North Carolina who suffer from PTSD can receive workers’ compensation benefits so long as the injury occurred during the normal course of work and was work-related. Some mental conditions can occur due to dangerous work conditions. When a mental condition occurs, the worker may be able to receive workers’ compensation to cover counseling, therapy, or other psychological help. It can also provide the individual with approximately two-thirds of their weekly paycheck. The worker may even be entitled to disability benefits if their PTSD is so severe that they are unable to work.
Common Physical Symptoms of PTSD
While PTSD is a mental condition, it can result in physical symptoms, such as:
- Increased blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
- Muscle tension
Physical symptoms of PTSD can be serious enough to prevent workers from being able to perform their job. Although workers may file for workers’ compensation benefits for PTSD, recovering these benefits is much easier when there are also physical symptoms. This is because it can be tough to prove that the PTSD or other mental health condition is directly related to an incident at work – that the workers’ job responsibilities have caused their mental condition. This can be incredibly difficult, as PTSD is a disorder that can take months before receiving a proper diagnosis. This is because someone may not experience or exhibit clear symptoms of the disorder for months after the traumatic event. Plus, not everyone who suffers from PTSD will have the same symptoms. Still, employers will request medical history for purposes of demonstrating the diagnosis.
Proving PTSD for Workers’ Compensation
All of this can make proving PTSD for purposes of a workers’ compensation claim difficult. However, it is still certainly possible if the victim can prove a strong relationship between PTSD and their job responsibilities. That’s why it’s important to seek regular therapy. Not only can it help someone suffering, but it can also serve as the medical evidence that employers are in search of. Another thing that can be extremely helpful is consulting with a qualified North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney who can assist you in gathering the best evidence to help your case.
Bradford Law Fights for Those in Charlotte Who Have Suffered PTSD Due to a Work Incident
PTSD can be devastating, changing much about your life as you knew it. If you have suffered PTSD as the result of a workplace incident, you may be entitled to compensation. While no money can undo what has transpired, compensation can help you to move forward with your life.
At Bradford Law, we understand the lasting impact a traumatic event can have on you. we will work tirelessly to help you receive meaningful compensation and move in the direction of recovery. We have comprehensive knowledge of the applicable laws and will put those laws to work for you. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!